Allan Savory: the Only Viable (Human) Plan for Saving the Planet

Posted in Healthy Food & Agriculture on April 1st, 2012 by dhawkinsmo

Allan Savory It has recently dawned on me that Planet Earth is in big trouble and needs saving. And much sooner than I ever dreamed before. And in ways I had not realized before. People have often asked me what I think about Global Warming and I have not known how to answer.  Now I do.  Yes, Global Warming is real, but the biggest problem is not burning of fossil fuels.  The biggest problem is man made desertification caused by tillage (think corn, soybeans and wheat in the US), range burning and improper grazing management.  As for man saving the planet, yes, I have read Revelation and I have always been aware that God himself will intervene on Planet Earth at some point. But we do not know when this will occur and Scripture also teaches us in James 1:27 that “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” A simple question has recently occurred to me. How can we look after widows and orphans (and thus have true religion) if we destroy our farmland and rangeland and cannot feed ourselves? The Read more »

Farming Soil Could Run Out in 60 Years

Posted in Healthy Food & Agriculture on April 1st, 2012 by dhawkinsmo

… in Britain … maybe 100 years in Europe according to a recent Telegraph story …

British farming soil could run out within 60 years, leading to a catastrophic food crisis and drastically higher prices for consumers, scientists warn. Fertile soil is being lost faster than it can be replenished and will eventually lead to the “topsoil bank” becoming empty, an Australian conference heard. Chronic soil mismanagement and over farming causing erosion, climate change and increasing populations were to blame for the dramatic global decline in suitable farming soil, scientists said. An estimated 75 billion tonnes of soil is lost annually with more than 80 per cent of the world’s farming land “moderately or severely eroded”, the Carbon Farming conference heard. A University of Sydney study, presented to the conference, found soil is being lost in China 57 times faster than it can be replaced through natural processes. In Europe that figure is 17 times, in America 10 times while five times as much soil is being lost in Australia.