Sowing Seeds For A Rainy Day—The Need For Sustainable Farming

Plant-Based Meal
Plant-Based Meal
Plant-Based Meals
Plant-Based Meals

Farmers are the expert of the soil and land, providing food and nourishment for millions in and around their community. But the situation is grim, as farmers have been stripped of their connections and they serve to appease the much larger, global profit-driven market. From once skilled agro-ecologist that has sound knowledge on the aspects of resource renewal and food production, they have turned into contractors, rather than owners of their own plant-based food products.

What is surprising is that most of the food that is grown is from suicide seeds—these don’t reproduce seeds so as to regrow next year. These seeds are patented by corporations so that farmers are dependent on them to purchase the seeds the next year—you can see how dysfunctional this whole system really is. The ripple effects of these are on a global scale with the farmers being controlled by corporations, and they often end up taking their own lives due to the surmountable debt. At the same time, the pockets of millionaires fill up.

What is even more dangerous is the fact that the traditional, sustainable connection to our land and the methods we use to grow food is slowly starting to distance themselves from us. The way we make our plant-based meals has changed.  These are issues that cannot be addressed on an individual level. There are large corporations involved in this practice, and unless there are restrictions and laws put in place to correct the abnormality, one can’t expect a sea of change. The change must come from above, and we should force them to start there…

Sowing Seeds For The Land

Industrial farm practices make use of a plow-based system wherein they uproot the plants from the soil and replant the new seeds every year. However, since many of the nutrients and microbes from the plant root are stripped from the ground, there is a need for artificial fertilizers to be added in order to allow the healthy growth of future crops.

Instead, a form of no-till agriculture needs to be practiced. This means that the roots and the plant-material wilt and decompose into the soil; hence providing the soil with rich nourishment and nutrients for the next planting season. There is a need for us to coexist with soil in such a way so as to cause the least bit of disturbance. For this, we must take a minute to learn from nature and observe…