The population explosion has always been a major challenge in India. The rapid urbanization, better lifestyle and the increased food consumption pattern today has led to a rise in food demand in the country. Therefore, increased food output is essential to maintain food security and meet consumer demand. It was precisely for this reason why the Green Revolution was introduced in the 1960s. Farming saw the adoption of modern methods, technology and extensive use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, to boost crop yield. However, such intensification of agriculture led to the loss of soil fertility, pollution of soil, water and air and adversely affected human health and the environment.
Rice is among the top three crops produced in Malaysia, and it is the staple food for the majority of the population. According to estimates, the adult population consumes 2.5 plates of white rice on average every day. In a year, the average consumption of a Malaysian resident is approximately 82.3 kg of rice.
Have you ever seen blood-red water or heard about red tide near the coastal areas? What about the green stuff that covers lakes and rivers? It happens when algae, a microscopic living organism, grows rapidly and dominates the aquatic ecosystem. This environmental phenomenon is known as algal bloom.
Aquaculture is one of the fastest-growing sectors globally. Indonesia is among the top three largest aquaculture producers all across the world. As per the reports available, the country earned approximately USD 4.24 billion by exporting fish and fishery products to other nations in 2014.
The water crises that we saw across Maharashtra and Chennai earlier this year are an ominous portent for India. With reports stating more than 100 million people losing access to safe water soon, India needs to take drastic steps to preserve her freshwater sources.
We are at the point where saving the earth literally means saving the earth. We need to look at how we’ve mistreated our soil and nurture it back to the stage where it can continue to sustain life on Earth for us and our future generations.
While 75 percent of Nigeria’s land is suitable for agriculture, Nigeria is still struggling to solve her food and agriculture problems. Nigeria is blessed with abundant fertile land, human resources and a history of agricultural practice. It is time to build on this and bring the benefits of organic farming to the people of Nigeria.
The pros of a healthy, farm-to-table system are many. Aside from healthier produce for consumers, it also ensures a healthy agriculture system, the soil, the livestock and a healthier work environment for all the hands at work within it.
In my previous post, I wrote about the potential of microbes to change the face of the agricultural industry. A critical player in the health of soil ecosystems, microbes are responsible for nitrogen fixation and phosphate solubilisation actions that nourish crops.
Our soil is one of the most prominent reasons that life is possible on this planet. By definition, soil is particulate surface material made up of various minerals as well as organic matter. Soil supports and nourishes plant and animal life by providing it with nutrients.