We need more than organic.
More than sustainable.
We need to regenerate.
An article from Time Magazine states "A rough calculation of current rates of soil degradation suggests we have about 60 years of topsoil left. Some 40% of soil used for agriculture around the world is classed as either degraded or seriously degraded – the latter means that 70% of the topsoil, the layer allowing plants to grow, is gone. Because of various farming methods that strip the soil of carbon and make it less robust as well as weaker in nutrients, soil is being lost at between 10 and 40 times the rate at which it can be naturally replenished."
I pose this question to everyone in the world:
An article in Science Daily states "For 58.1% of the world's land surface, which is home to 71.4% of the global population, the level of biodiversity loss is substantial enough to question the ability of ecosystems to support human societies. The loss is due to changes in land use and puts levels of biodiversity beyond the 'safe limit' recently proposed by the planetary boundaries -- an international framework that defines a safe operating space for humanity."
Why Regenerative Agriculture? - Regeneration International
"The loss of the world's fertile soil and biodiversity, along with the loss of indigenous seeds and knowledge, pose a mortal threat to our future survival. According to soil scientists, at current rates of soil destruction (i.e decarbonization, erosion, desertification, chemical pollution), within 50 years we will not only suffer serious damage to public health due to a qualitatively degraded food supply characterized by diminished nutrition and loss of important trace minerals, but we will literally no longer have enough arable topsoil to feed ourselves. Without protecting and regenerating the soil on our four billion acres of cultivated farmland, 14 billion acres of pasture and rangeland, and 10 billion acres of forest land, it will be impossible to fed the world, keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius (35.6 degrees Fahrenheit), or halt the loss of biodiversity."
The United Nations Climate Change Conference 2016 met in Marrakech to discuss the reversal of global warming and developed the "MARRAKECH ACTION PROCLAMATION FOR OUR CLIMATE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT". Also at the conference was Regeneration International, an international community advocating the implementation of regenerative agriculture "to help feed the world, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reverse climate change, improve crop yields, create drought resistant soils, revitalize local economies, preserve traditional knowledge, nurture biodiversity, restore grasslands, and improve nutrition."
We have not hit the limit of irreversible damage yet where resources should go to finding alternative methods to continue growing food the way we have been. Our time, efforts, research, and resources need to go to finding and implementing the alternative methods to improve modern agriculture to grow organic, nutrient-dense food in order to sustain the health and well-being of humanity.