In the current crisis, farmland has suddenly become especially precious. Will the made food crisis cause a rethinking of the people towards healthy food, which our organic farmers, smallholders and Demeter farmers could provide us with?
Let’s remember: the soil fatigue of Europe’s agricultural soils is estimated at about 30 million hectares. Our fields have been compacted by intensive agriculture and its heavy machinery. This implies that the soils do not absorb enough water, the overall soil structure is weakened, the animals that animate the soil are declining, and yield rates are decreasing.We are confronted with the lowering of the water level, the increase of diseases, extreme weather conditions, rigorous pollution, policies that fail and media that fuel fear.
As we drive through the countryside in an air-conditioned car, the land is seemingly green and wholesome, with numerous fruits, grains and corn ripening. “ Well, that’s reassuring, we’re provided for,“ the motorist is thinking. He doesn’t know that only 40 percent of the cultivated land is intended for humans, but for animal feed, and believe it or not, we run our televisions on biogas plants and from the cultivated rapeseed biodiesel is produced and from corn and soy bioethanol. The list could be continued. The biogas boom seems to know no limits. In this ecological madness, many farmers have ended up as energy suppliers and have abandoned their traditional farming activities. Others suffer due to the constraints of excessive bureaucracy.
Austrian corn, well treated with poisons of all kinds, serves as animal feed and as a supplier for the production of citric acid, detergents and beverages on the world market Premium wheat, also well sprayed with all kinds of chemicals, is used for the production of Italian pasta.
The beneficiaries of the current industrial agriculture are mega-corporations and corporations that spread numerous myths. For example, that they ensure that even people with little money can eat, because the products are varied, cheap and nutritious. Soil fertility has been replaced by the notion of the yield capacity of the soil, which states by measure, number and weight what the soil produces.
Organic farming – our opportunity
Many farmers have taken up the challenge to rebuild fertile soils. They work with compost management to build up humus, it has a healthy and harmonizing effect and leads to permanent fertility. Charcoal scattered on poisoned soils, binds the sprayed toxins of industrial agriculture. The soils remain covered, even with weeds/mulches and are little fertilized. There is no pesticide use, but emphasis is placed on undersowing, intercropping/crop rotation, green manures and mixed crops. This protects and promotes the countless living organisms that work in the soil. They are responsible for the stability of natural systems, for the sensible cultivation of food, for the cycles of nutrients in the soil. They nourish the root systems and this is another reason why healthy soils are desirable! This labor of alternative methods of cultivation is tough and the current means of operation have become very expensive.
We are neither heroes nor saints
Now, when life calls us through multiple crises, it is crucial that we leave our illusions and decide for a change of mind in consciousness. We must also see how, through the destruction of the soil and its consequences, darkness is flowing into the souls of people. We have to develop alternatives and offer them together with others. Organic- Demeter – and small farmers are already among those farmers on whom we can rely. But we need more eco-functional systems that boost nutrient cycles, holistic management of soils, agroforestry systems and much that is already stored in our minds. We need people with new ideas who can combine diverse systems of plant and soil ecology.
Regina Hruska „Still we rely on the ideas of the masterminds, who did not work for profit, but for a future worth living! In my opinion, the profit motive must be subordinated to a sacred duty But for this to happen, we may need more crises!“
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