Earth’s population is slated to touch the 10-billion mark not too far into the future. Not only does this call for a radical overhaul of our food distribution systems, it needs a brand-new, age-old look at food production too, beginning with agriculture.
Sustainable living is not only about what food you eat and how you grow the food you eat and how you manage your waste. Sustainable living is also taking care about what you let into your homes, especially in your cleaning products.
Previously, we spoke about untreated wastewater and ocean pollution and the need to protect our oceans from the dangers of wastewater contamination. This need for protection, however, extends to all our water bodies too.
Yes, millions of tonnes of plastic waste is choking our seas and polluting our waters. But equally dire is the litres upon litres of wastewater entering our oceans and contaminating all the water in a cyclical, multigenerational chain of damage. Damage that can begin to be reversed using solutions harnessed from nature herself.
We have all heard about and read about oil spills in the ocean, killing marine life and harming ecosystems around the world. Equally deadly are oil spills on land. And chemical solutions to treat them end up harming the environment too. The answer lies in nature.
It’s hard to imagine a world without water – how will we manage the crisis and what it will mean for us as a race. And yet, not enough is being done, and not soon enough, to address this urgently.
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.