There is a divergence of opinion over whether modern agriculture will be able to provide enough food for the billions more people who will be living on the planet in the coming decades. Is there a food crisis, or a distribution crisis? Should farmers embrace GMO’s that offer disease resistant and herbicide resistant crops- for a price? Could the ancient practices of soil conservation be wedded to new discoveries about soil microorganisms to increase yields on farms and rangelands?
“The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers And Foodies Are Healing The Soil To Save The Planet, “ looks at the latest developments in the field of soil science and what is being called regenerative agriculture. Writer Kristin Ohlson reports modern science is taking a deeper look at the connections between plants and soil microorganisms.
Conventional farming and grazing practices have depleted soils worldwide. Yet, in fields where no-till planting, cover cropping and – in a controversial discovery- grazing practices that mimic the natural behaviors of herds are employed, topsoil improves quickly. However, Kristin Ohlson tells Steve Scher in part two of their interview that there is resistance within the agricultural industry and from Congress to funding more research into these practices.
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Greg’s Vashon Island Friend Daryl Redeker provides the music.