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Regenerative Agriculture

Ronnie Cummins Atencion

By Cliff DuRand

It’s likely that most of us believe that our use of fossil fuels is the largest source of greenhouse gases contributing to climate change. Longtime food activist Ronnie Cummins dispels that belief at this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service.

“Industrial agriculture and our global food and farming system are the biggest contributors to global warming,” says Cummins. “It accounts for 44–57 percent of all human greenhouse gas emissions.” Fortunately, he says, we have a means of reducing this problem with a process called regenerative agriculture. It is the newest (and oldest) agriculture frontier that encompasses an array of techniques to rebuild soil and, in the process, sequester carbon, stop soil erosion, remineralize soil, protect the purity of groundwater, and reduce damaging pesticide and fertilizer runoff.

San Miguel has been a center for organic agriculture for some time. But now this green city is moving beyond organic to regenerative agriculture. A familiar figure in this city, Cummins is International Director of the Organic Consumers Association and founder of its Mexico project, Via Organica. Last month Via Organica hosted a conference of 110 scientists, farmers, activists, educators, climate experts, and environmentalists to collaborate on global strategies to scale up regenerative agriculture awareness and techniques.

“Particularly, at this moment of super storms,” he says, “it’s time to acknowledge the role organic regenerative agriculture plays in reversing global warming by restoring the soil’s capacity to draw down and sequester excess CO2 from the atmosphere. It’s time to acknowledge that organic, regenerative agriculture increases crop resiliency by restoring soil health and biodiversity.”

Cummins has been a pure food activist for many years. In 2000, he published Genetically Engineered Food: A Self-Defense Guide for Consumers, warning of the dangers of genetically modified food. He has championed mandatory labeling of GM food in the name of the consumer’s right to know what they are putting into their bodies. In 1998 he co-founded the US-based Organic Consumers Association, a network of two million consumers. He and his wife, Rose, divide their time between San Miguel and Minnesota.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at Posada de Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at uufsma.org

 

UU Service

“Regeneration: Reversing Global Warming and Rural Poverty”

By Ronnie Cummins

Sun, Oct 1, 10:30am

Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15

Free

 

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