There are two major challenges Heal Terra is focused on solving
1. Intensive farming is destroying topsoil and reducing their economic viability
Climate change is having a huge impact on commercial farm crops. This year (2019) saw 10 million acres across North America go unplanted due to extreme weather. Add to this the fact that the world has lost 33% of high quality food producing land and the need to adjust farming practices is obvious.
Commercial or intensive farms use heavy chemicals (fertilisers and pesticides) that kills all the healthy microorganisms that create topsoil. As the top soil gets degraded it becomes less resilient to extreme weather, less able to absorb water, and begins to erode until desertification sets in.
The Solution: Regenerative Agriculture
The impact of climate change has brought considerable risk to our food security. Commercial farming practices destroy the natural ecosystem killing trees and ignoring the benefits of sustainable farm design. They have unfortunately created physical conditions that are much more susceptible to extreme weather.
Soil on commercial farms is often degraded by chemical use. Regenerative agriculture restores the soil by taking a whole system approach that embraces the natural biosphere.
Regenerative agriculture practices can not only restore degraded topsoil but it protects it long into the future.
Heal Terra invests in rural land that requires regenerative agriculture to restore the soil viability, improve productivity, and lower the risk from the impact of climate change.
Our strategy will incorporate local sustainable agriculture, livestock, tree planting, renewable energy production and create community social benefits.
2. Global warming is shifting crops
Global warming is increasing the drive to open up land to the north, risking the loss of trees and further soil degradation. Governments are slow to limit commercial agriculture and further soil degradation is occurring.
The Solution: Invest in establishing regenerative farms
Climate change is shifting crops north.
Warming climates are expanding crops like corn and soybeans to Canada where fields once dominated by wheat are now planting corn and soybeans. But this is drive is opening up of untouched forests to commercial farming that destroys soil.
Everything from wine grapes to apple farms are slowly shifting north creating opportunities to tap into low cost land in areas that are yet to be developed.
Our strategy is to buy raw land within commuting distance of a small city to gain access to labour and to capitalize on existing supply chains.
We will using regenerative agricultural principles to develop the properties, with the goal to create large communities around regenerative process.