Yes, soil is better than oil; yes, regenerative economies and systems are better then extractive, exploitative, wasteful, and harmful systems. Imperial capitalism is unsustainable, extremely destructive, and fails to fulfill the basic needs of human beings. Food For People or For Cars 4. When discussing energy use, Vandana Shiva focuses on the cost of car use in her home country of Indian. High costs of production are the most significant reason for rural indebtedness. I am convinced that the issues of soc Firstly, this book corrected my misconception that chemical fertilizers contained oil, in some form. Pollan is a formidable food-politics writer, but others exist, too.
There is 124 percent more organic-matter content in the soil on our farm than in soil samples from chemical farms. The epidemic of farmer suicides in India is concentrated in regions where chemical intensification has increased costs of production. Bold and visionary, Shiva reveals how three crises are inherently linked and that any attempt to solve one without addressing the others will get us nowhere. When agro-forestry is included in farming systems, carbon absorption and carbon return increase dramatically. Condemning industrial agriculture as a recipe for ecological and economic disaster, Shiva champions the small, independent farm: their greater productivity, their greater potential for social justice as they put more resources into the hands of the poor, and the biodiversity that is inherent to the traditional farming practiced in small-scale agriculture. The nitrogen concentration is 85 percent higher, the phosphorus content 10 percent higher, and the available potassium 25 percent higher. If the economic domain were to think of development in the same way, it woudl lead to a flourishing of biodiversity and cultural diversity.
Soil and vegetation are our biggest carbon sinks. Worm-worked soils are more water-stable than unworked soils, and worm-inhabited soils have considerably more organic carbon and nitrogen than the original soil. Navdanya's study on climate change and organic farming has indicated that organic farming increases carbon absorption by up to 55 percent and water-holding capacity by 10 percent. Soil Not Oil is an excellent resource for those who are serious about not just averting a larger global climate crisis, but for those who want to preserve living communities of bio-diversity. Our seeds of native wheat varieties inspired us to fight Monsanto when it patented low-gluten wheat. The environmental advantages of small-scale, biodiverse organic farms do not come at the expense of food security. At the Navdanya farm in Doon Valley, we have been feeding the soil organisms.
By bringing back dignified work based on land, and livelihoods. This market solution provides no real incentive for developing truly sustainable ways of production, which is why Shiva believes that has been cashing in on the global warming frenzy. Earth Democracy grows in the fertile soil shaped by the Earth, the human imagination, and human action. With Soil Not Oil, Vandana Shiva connects the dots between industrial agriculture and climate change. This shift to greater car production and use in countries like India has meant less land for food, the third major crisis that Shiva tackles in Soil Not Oil. In Soil Not Oil, bestselling author Vandana Shiva connects the food crisis, peak oil, and climate change to show that a world beyond a dependence on fossil fuel and globalization is both possible and necessary.
Living Soil Versus Dead Dirt Chemical agriculture is based on the idea that soil fertility is manufactured in fertilizer factories. Corporations and federal government are trying to include unique crops such as the New Mexico chile in a program for genetic modification to make them climate hardy and pest resistant with petrochemicals and genetic mutations, all the while i I haven't read this book yet, but went to see Dr. Research is required now to learn how to optimize soil carbon sequestration, a natural phenomenon that can help mitigate the miseries of climate change. . We will either make a democratic transition from oil to soil, or we will perish. Politics of Climate Change 2. Please read it and do what you can to support decentralized, small-scale, biodiverse, local, organic food systems and sustainable, carbon-neutral transportation alternatives! It provides compelling data and profound insight into the damage waged upon our world by non-sustainable farming, trading, energy, and economics.
Lessons from Navdanya Every step in building a living agriculture sustained by a living soil is a step toward both mitgating and adapting to climate change. It could have been done so much better. In economics, development is an externally driven process. D in physics at the University of Western Ontario in 1978, Dr. We need to move from the myopic obsession with monocultures and centralization to diversity and decentralization.
Millet, which is far more nutritious than rice and wheat, uses only 200 to 300 millimeters of water, compared with the 2,500 millimeters needed for Green Revolution rice farming. The peasants were uprooted; a new poverty was created. Rebuilding soil fertility is the very basis of sustainable food production and food security. Since climate change is leading to the melting of glaciers that feed rivers, and in many regions of the world to the decline in precipitation and increased intensity of drought, the vulnerability of industrial agriculture will only increase. Adapted and reprinted by permission of publisher.
It's an important book for people to read if they're interested in climate change, health, and food. I, personally, found Vandana Shiva's childhood recollections of riding an elephant to school totally delightful! We can lower the cost of production while increasing output. When the benefits of biodiversity are taken into account, biodiverse systems have higher output than monocultures. Increasing the biodiversity of farming systems can reduce vulnerability to drought. Vandana Shivas attentions were quickly drawn towards ecological concerns.
In this adapted excerpt from the updated edition of her book Soil Not Oil North Atlantic Books, 2015 , Dr. The emerging food crisis will add another billion people to the billion who are already denied their right to food and condemned to hunger and malnutrition. We are great anointers in this country, a habit that obviates the need for scrutiny. As they struggle under trade agreements that leave local populations and economies broken. In the short term, we can continue to extend the profits and consumerism of the privileged by further dispossessing the poor. How Healthy Soil Sequesters Carbon Living Soil Curbs Climate Change Chemical fertilizers do not just destroy the soil and human health. Monarch butterflies have declined by 90% due to glyphosate use on glyphosate-tolerant crops over the past 20 years.