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Hope for the Future: How Farmers Can Reverse Climate Change

By Rachel Kastner

The conversation around global climate change often doesn’t include how agriculture is the solution to the global climate crisis. Rachel Kastner, farmer and activist, who works with Via Orgánica and Regeneration International, will share with us how regenerative, organic agriculture is a game-changing solution to the global climate crisis.

Film and Meeting
Hope for the Future: How Farmers Can Reverse Climate Change
By Rachel Kastner
Mon, Nov 14, 1pm
Occupy SMA
Quinta Loreto Hotel, Loreto 15, Centro
Free

Over two-thirds of the world’s lands are currently severely degraded. With projections of increasing world populations, policy makers are scrambling to figure out how we will feed 7.9 billion people by 2050. The current industrial food system—dependent on fossil fuels, heavy chemical inputs, and a few conglomerate agribusinesses—does not offer a hopeful future for the world’s environment and its peoples. When talking about climate and the food system, agriculture is often seen as a necessary enemy.

We know industrial agriculture creates negative effects on our environment and also on consumers’ health. Yet it’s often not openly recognized and talked about as being a major contributor to climate change. Industrial agriculture accounts for almost half of all global greenhouse gas emissions. When we look at the science comparing conventional and organic agriculture’s productivity, we see that organic systems produce equal to or more food than conventional systems and have far more benefits for the environment, farmers, consumers, and food security. The damaging industrial farming system is not necessary to feed the world.

We know that we have to stop emitting greenhouse gases, and at the same time we must reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. The reality is that these transitions are not happening fast enough.

We must reduce the amount of carbon that’s currently in our atmosphere, and we have to do it very quickly. It is estimated that greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere are currently at a level of 400 parts per million or more. Largely, scientists agree that we need to reduce this number to 350 parts per million to avoid catastrophic climate change events.

So, how are we going to get this carbon out of the atmosphere? We’re going to do it by returning the excess CO2 in the atmosphere to the soil where it belongs. We are going to do this by using regenerative farming techniques that sequester carbon, regenerate degraded landscapes, produce healthy food for consumers, and revitalize local economies. It’s a necessary revolution that can save the planet and the resources are right at our fingertips. Join the discussion on Monday. Our events are free.

 

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