Land reform to reverse the ecological emergency
Mandatory government buy outs of large farming estates to enable smaller scale farming, leased or community ownership to establish small scale organic farming. This would provide training and employment for many and high quality food for communities cutting down on overseas importation mileage.
Why the contribution is important
Two years ago soil scientists estimated that we have 60 years left of viable soil in most areas of Europe.
It has been proven that small scale organic farming with rotation and lighter tilling restores the biome and creates better yields after the first couple of years. This prevents the run off of fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides into the rivers and then sea which is causing acidification.
Deep ploughing causes huge rises in CO2 into the atmosphere in the spring as shown by NASA satellite images.
The loss of biodiversity has never happened as such a rate. A 43% decline in insects since the 1960s globally. https://science.sciencemag.org/content/368/6489/417
And a 55% loss of farmland bird populations in UK farmland in the last three decades. https://www.ebcc.info/latest-update-of-european-wild-bird-indicators-confirms-continued-decline-of-farmland-birds/
These figures are alarming and real. It cannot be ignored.
by Simon on October 24, 2020 at 08:50PM