FARMING & LAND USE
Farming and land use is very important for sustainability, in todays world we have some very toxic farming techniques, the pesticides and fertilizers are causing high levels of Arsenic, Lead, Cadmium and Mercury to soak into the soil and this is soaking into our food, also the toxins are killing the Bee's we have a decline in Bee numbers and the dangerous chemicals in the fertilizers and pesticides are causing this or helping to cause this, without bees we only have wind for pollination.
Then we have the methane problem most farmers use farm yard manure this gives off a lot of methane into the atmosphere, added to the livestock problem 40% of all farmland in the world is used to house and feed live stock, if we stopped live stock farming we could end world hunger, with the abundance of crops, you will get more food from crops in a field than you will with live stock, plus live stock produces methane, cows burps and farts produce a lot of methane we can reduce this with pink seaweed, but to be honest we shouldn't be eating meat anyway and the extra space for crops will end world hunger.
We also have issues with land use and resting the land to regain the nutrient levels and micro life in soils, so on this page we will show new ways to do all of this in a nice eco friendly way that will produce more food, higher yields and reduce all the toxins from the fertilizers and pesticides.
FERTILIZERS AND PESTICIDES
Fertilizers and pesticides are soaking into our soils, we are starting to find alarming levels of lead, arsenic, cadmium and mercury in our soils and foods, this is soaking into the food from the soil, and the soil is soaking it in from the pesticides, we have other factors like jet fuel and acid rain but mainly it is from fertilizers and pesticides, we need to use natural replacements and new techniques for attracting bee's and ladybirds that eat aphids and spider mites that can ruin crops.
Many farmers if not all farmers use pesticides to get rid of pests, aphids and spider mites can cause havoc in crops, these pesticides some use a weakened nerve agent that is very toxic and soaks into the soil as well as kills bee's, we can replace this with natural organic neem oil from the neem tree, neem oil is 100% effective as a pesticide and is 100% natural, we need this to be regulated into law and stop all pesticides being manufactures, other things we can do is attract bee's and ladybirds using there favourite plants and sunflowers, they will eat all the aphids and mites so you may not even need pesticides.
Fertilizers or nutrients are also very toxic, we can use organic nutrients, and methods for increasing the NPK levels in soil, they include ploughing field beans, clovers and chick pea's into the soil before sowing, introducing micro life into the soil will help, and resting the land you are meant to rest the land for 2 years to recuperate the nutrient's in the soil, we can help nutrients as well by using peat moss in the soil, vacuum and perlite to retain water and helps Aeration in the soil, this combines with organic nutrients will ensure fully organic and increased yields in farming, lowering methane as the need for farmyard manure is reduced and green manure can be used instead, molasses and fish mix and organic nutrients will reward the crop more than any chemical man made fertilizer ever will, the cost may be slightly more but the rewards in yield will out pay the cost.
We also have a problem with sea snot, this is mainly caused by the chemicals they use in fertilizers, they use nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus we can use nature to increase these levels, Red clover for instance gives off nitrogen, Clover plants are able to extract nitrogen from the air, which itself is three quarters nitrogen, indirectly into the soil via bacteria in nodules on plant roots. Red and white clovers are the two key forage legumes and these, at high proportions in grass leys, can fix 150-250kg of useable nitrogen per hectare per year.