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    Pl​anet Before Profit

Regenerative Agriculture 

From both an economic and an environmental point of view many of our current methods of intensive farming are unsustainable.

Modern intensive farming is dependent on government subsidies, produces vast amounts of carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous-oxide and pollution. Worryingly, the millions of litres of pesticides, weed killers and concentrated nitrogen fossil fuel-based fertilisers which are poured onto the fields drain into our rivers, water supplies and oceans, killing biodiversity and causing human health problems which are only just being discovered.

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The UK government's own data indicates that over 75% of intensively farmed arable land is now "greatly depleted or devoid of microbial life, invertebrates and organic soil bacteria".

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Michigan State University’s Kellogg Biological Station show that over a 30 year period that long-term, no-till agriculture improves crop yields and has positive environmental impacts, creating higher quality soil and reducing the amounts of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere.  

“Initially, when the land is converted to no-till there’s no difference in yield, but over time the crop yields become higher and higher using no-till treatments compared to conventional agriculture." 

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"Global adoption of regenerative agriculture can sequester 100% of fossil fuel carbon emissions"

Why do Grizzly bears not chase mice?

Because a 500Kg bear burns more energy chasing a 30g mouse than it gains from eating it!

Balancing this fundamental energy in/out equation has shaped all species evolution and survival and the physics behind it applies equally to mankind and machinery and engines. We all understand the obscene waste and pollution involved when the super-rich fly across the Atlantic for a weekend shopping trip. But do we think about the energy wasted when we drive to the shops for our weekly shopping?

An average fossil fuel family car consumes approx. 30 million joules of energy (1 litre of diesel contains 38 million joules) on an average shopping trip and if you bought enough food for 4 adults for 7 days that food would contain approx. 300,000 joules of energy.

 So the average weekly shopping trip burns 100 times more energy than we get from eating the food!

Then we must account for the huge carbon/energy footprint of modern industrial farming which in the developed world averages 400 gallons (1,500 litres) per adult per year. Then add air or road miles to transport the food, supermarkets energy consumption plus the energy and pollution from all the packaging and waste disposal. 

Totalling all these factors results in us burning approx. 1,000 to 1,500 times more energy to "hunt and gather" our food than we derive from eating it, and this assumes we eat 100% of the food, in reality we waste approx. 30% of our food.

Modern agriculture and food distribution is unsustainable and must be radically overhauled and decarbonised, green hydrogen and vertical farming technology is the solution.