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The Soil Will Save Us


By Rob Lerner

Producing enough food to feed our planet’s growing population—from diminishing resources in a changing climate, without further loss of natural habitats and biodiversity—may be the single greatest challenge facing humanity.

Modern commercial agriculture has been phenomenally successful at producing cheap, abundant food. But it has come at a price: vast petrochemical-dependent monocultures that deplete the soil, pollute our waterways, and generate greenhouse gases; and that leave the world’s poorest farmers in their wake, trapped in a cycle of poverty.

It doesn’t have to be this way! Come learn about alternatives from Florence Reed, an expert at the frontlines of rural tropical agriculture. Drawing on her studies in environmental conservation and ecology, Reed served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama. Recognizing that effecting real change required a longer-term commitment, in 1997. She started Sustainable Harvest International, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring the dignity and prosperity of the rural poor through regenerative agriculture.

“Regenerative Agriculture” refers to farming practices that restore soil carbon and boost productivity while minimizing artificial inputs, and that pay dividends in biodiversity conservation, watershed restoration, and other environmental services. Once regarded as an alternative outlier, regenerative agriculture is gaining credibility as a strategy for making our food systems more sustainable at all levels, from smallholders to industrial agribusiness.

Come hear her presentation, “Farmers are our Future: How Campesinos Can Save the Planet,” on Saturday, April 21, 5pm at La Casona Conference Center (Salida Celaya, across from Luna de Queso). Advance tickets are 250 pesos at or the Biblioteca Tienda Tesoros. Pay 300 pesos at the door on the day of the event.

An informal reception will follow the presentation, with free snacks and beverages for purchase.

Reed’s presentation is hosted by i3: Ideas that Inform and Inspire, San Miguel’s nonprofit lecture series. Learn more at



i3: Ideas that Inform and Inspire presents

Sustainability Entrepreneur Florence Reed

“Farmers Are Our Future”

(How Campesinos Can Save the Planet)

Sat, Apr 21, 5pm

La Casona Conference Center

Salida Celaya 77

Advance Tickets:

250 pesos at

Biblioteca Tienda Tesoros

300 pesos at the door


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