There is no longer any doubt that climate change is causing extreme weather conditions that will impact global food production. Large commercial farms using chemicals (pesticides and fertilizers) are killing the health of the soil and accelerating the intensity of damage extreme weather can have. The chemicals used in commercial farming kill microorganisms in the soil, reducing the ability of plants to survive and the soil to absorb and retain water. Erosion sets in and eventually desertification that reduces the land to dust. Without plants rainfall becomes less and less.
The impact of climate change on on commercial farms is devastating.
This year (2019) saw 19 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. Regenerative agriculture restores the soil by taking a whole system approach that embraces the natural ecosystems. Regenerative techniques add energy (organic matter – mulch + compost) to the soil to encourage and feed microorganisms that plants rely on.
Over 55% of the world’s population lives in cities cut off from understanding how all the elements (air, earth, water, and fire) work to form balanced ecosystems. This lack of perception or awareness of natural ecosystems created a cultural deficiency that transformed into consumerism and the toxic behavior that has destroyed much of our rain forests, wildlife, and oceans.
The Solution: Education and action
Urban populations must learn the importance of natural ecosystems, of the role all living things play in creating a healthy planet, and we must find better ways to produce healthy nutritious food.
Regenerative Agriculture mimics healthy natural ecosystems.
The impact of climate change has brought considerable risk to our food security. Commercial farming practices destroy the natural ecosystem and ignore the benefits of sustainable farm design. They have unfortunately created physical conditions that are much more susceptible to extreme weather.
Regenerative agriculture restores the soil by taking a whole system approach that embraces the natural ecosystem.
Heal Terra invests in rural land close to urban centres in order to both educate and create regenerative farm communities. Our goal is to improve farm productivity, lower the risk from the impact of climate change, and create behavior change through education, social art, and action.
Our strategy will incorporate local sustainable agriculture, livestock, tree planting, renewable energy production and create community social benefits.
establishing regenerative “We” farms
Social and cultural change is essential to combat climate change, but with over 55% of the population living in cities the strong connection humanity once had to the natural world was broken. The We farm concept will work to repair connections between people and the natural world. By offering shared farming space (tiny home rentals) sharing equipment (greenhouse, tools etc) and sharing produce grown on the farm we hope to change public perception and rebuild the deep connection to nature humans once had. The We farms will be located within easy access of major cities, and drive cultural awareness of the important relationship between humans and natural ecosystems.