This isn’t a question anymore, it’s a must. This world is built on healthy plants and soil. Our lives are connected with the earth and the food that we eat. The old adage, “You are what you eat.” is true. All life absorbs the nutrients of that which it eats and with it, it’s life source – memory. So when people consume processed foods, chemical sprayed foods, etc., we are literally killing off our own microbiology and dying. There is no life in those foods. It’s contaminated.
So what is Regenerative Farming?
“This technique is how we used to plant our crops for centuries — in a way that mimics nature to minimize our impact on the land. Regenerative agriculture uses a minimum amount of tilling to preserve natural soil aggregation. It also naturally preserves soil fertility by using a technique called crop rotation. Instead of planting the same crops in the same fields season after season, farmers use alternating crops to restore nutrients, or even leave fields fallow for a season after sowing with compost, manure or other natural fertilizers to allow the soil to regain some of its natural nutrients.
The goal of regenerative agriculture is to be part of the land, rather than viewing it as yet another resource we use and discard.
Regenerative agriculture applies to raising livestock as well, by employing better grazing practices to prevent cattle or other animals from decimating the plant life in a localized area.” – – conservationfolks.com
When I first found out about how much our food is poisoned, it made me really upset to see just how corporate entities have pulled a wool over our eyes to think their food is OK to consume and in fact you should when the complete opposite is the truth. And if you speak up against this scourge against humanity, you are looked at as a ‘conspiracy theorist’ or odd. Why is that? It shouldn’t be like that. Why aren’t we questioning where our food comes from? Why are these chemicals being sprayed on and put in our food? Why aren’t we coming together as a society and banning these corrupt foods and corporations? What are these chemicals truly doing to our environment? It is concerning more people do not question and instead just accept.
The current farming and agricultural practices utilize harmful pesticides and fertilizers on crops to produce food. Why are these chemicals harmful and can’t they just be washed off?
The roots of a plant absorb water and nutrients and then we consume the plant, or if you eat meat – the cow consumes the contaminated plant, absorbing it and then you consume the cow which has just become contaminated. Toxins in animals, including humans, is stored in the fatty tissue of the body. Well guess what people eat when they eat animals? It’s a deadly cycle that needs to end. It’s not just consuming the food that’s bad for us. These practices have more harmful consequences for our environment as well.
These chemicals that are being used in farming today, in fact, deteriorate the quality of the soil and therefore produce vegetables that are deficient in the necessary nutrients and minerals that humans need as well as other animals that feed off of plant life. This impacts the entire cycle of life, our entire ecosystem.
So what can we do about it?
We can start by beginning methods to stimulate our soil biology. By stimulating the soil biology, we can grow cover crops to build soil structure. We can also use innovative methods of pest control that our ancestors used such as essential oils and companion planting methods. This isn’t rocket science, yet these big corporations will lead you to believe it is till they bleed our farmers dry. It is tragic what has become of our farmland today.
What does it mean to stimulate soil biology? “Soil is full of life. It is often said that a handful of soil has more living organisms than there are people on planet Earth. Soils are the stomach of the earth, consuming, digesting, and cycling nutrients and organisms.
On first observation, however, soil may appear as a rather inert material on which we walk, build roads, construct buildings, and grow plants. On closer observation, we observe that soil is teeming with living organisms. Living organisms present in soil include archaea, bacteria, actinomycetes, fungi, algae, protozoa, and a wide variety of larger soil fauna, including springtails, mites, nematodes, earthworms, ants, insects that spend all or part of their life underground, and larger organisms such as burrowing rodents. All of these are important in making up the environment we call soil and in bringing about numerous transformations that are vitally important to life.” – Soils4Teachers
The soil is so much more. The earth has a negative ion effect on life. (Negative is actually a good thing. It’s the positive ions we don’t want – despite the name) For more information on negative ions vs. positive, this article HERE is a must read! You might have heard of the term ‘earthing’. Earthing is simply standing barefoot on the soil or ground and absorbing the negative ions produced by the earth’s frequencies and life force. It is literally absorbing the energy the earth is putting forth and it has shown to have a tremendous positive effect on human health. You see everything in nature is energy and mass. Everything in nature, including the rocks, are alive and putting forth energy so you can how the soil biology is important to all life. For more information on What is Earthing or Grounding, Dr. Stephen Sinatra has written a really good article on this.
Let’s dive a little bit deeper into the soil and why regenerative farming practices are needed.
“SOIL MICROBE AND ORGANISM INTERACTIONS”
Plant roots leak a lot of organic substances into the soil from dead materials. These provide food for the microorganisms, and create zones of activity around the root called the rhizosphere. In this zone, plant growth or toxic substances can be produced, but most of these organisms are benefical. ” – Soils4Teachers
This photo is a magnified interaction of fungal and root interactions
Other scientists study soil diseases of plants and animals found in the soil. Bacteria and fungi can cause plants to wilt or rot. The Great Potato Famine in Ireland in 1845 was caused by a fungus that caused the potato blight! These organisms don’t just impact plants. Humans can get sick if certain types of bacteria, like E-Coli, are present in our waste, and that waste isn’t treated properly.
Some fungi “infect” plant roots, but the relationship is symbiotic, meaning that it is beneficial to both the plant and the root. These are called mycorrhiza, and they help plants absorb more water and nutrients, increase drought resistance, and reduce infection by diseases.
Another symbiotic relationship involves nitrogen. There is a lot of nitrogen in the atmosphere, but it is not easy for plants to get. There are certain species of bacteria that absorb nitrogen gas from the atmosphere, and form a nodule. These are called nitrogen fixing bacteria. When the die, the nitrogen that they used are released for plants.” – Soils4Teachers
So you can see that the dirt, the soil, has a significant impact on mankind. You should also be able to see how we really don’t need all of these chemicals – pesticides and fertilizers to effectively grow food.
“How Pesticides Affect Soil Microbes
Pesticides include a large group of chemical agents that attempt to eliminate destructive biological forces in agriculture. These include herbicides for killing plants, insecticides for killing insects, fungicides for killing fungus and bactericides for killing bacteria. While these chemicals supposedly only target specific species, repeated use inevitably kills microbial life that is beneficial to the soil system. Microbes that survive can be genetically altered in a way that is no longer beneficial to the soil ecosystem and be resistant to the chemical intended to kill them. The destruction or alteration of first-level microbes can affect the entire soil ecosystem all the way up to the largest mammalian predators.” – emnz.com
We are all connected to the dirt. As the Bible speaks about, man was created out of the earth, “Genesis 2:7, And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” All that God created, including the plant life, is to be of benefit to man, “Genesis 1:26, Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
Nature is God’s beautiful creation. Through nature, God is able to teach us, speak to us, and provide for us. For this reason, we can find in scripture that we humans are called to protect all of which He has created. We were put over the earth to do so.
Our entire agricultural system suffers from using chemicals, dependency on Monsanto. It’s in dire need of an intervention. Over 6 billion pounds of pesticides are now used in agriculture each year. Please think about how that’s affecting us and our food. This has, not surprisingly, mirrored the explosion of chronic diseases today. It’s sickening. Autoimmune diseases are skyrocketing and a lot of it has to do with the farming practices today. Just read this scientific article written by Jan Erhman about Dr. Christine G. Parks of NIEHS
There is a movement of farmers starting though. God bless these people. Farmer’s Footprint is both a documentary series and a grassroots movement that seeks to forge a relationship with consumers in what is called regenerative agriculture. PLEASE support these folks. They need it.