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Could agriculture provide a solution to global climate change?
by Global Good News staff writer
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1 September 2012
'The whole world is not being destroyed as it was in the twentieth century,' said Dr Peter Swan, creator of a course on Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture that has been offered in many countries.
He spoke from an agricultural perspective, and an optimistic one. In the course, Dr Swan said, he tends to focus on positive worldwide trends in gardening, agriculture, and the environment.
The course even offers potential global greenhouse gas solutions.
Dr Swan began by linking carbon dioxide increase with soil degradation. He pointed out that the atmospheric rise in carbon dioxide has been consistent with soil organic matter loss over the last century.
But, he was quick to add, soil loss is reversible. Soil carbon can be restored in 6.3 billion hectares worldwide, 5 billion hectares on grazing land and 1.3 billion hectares of arable land. With this action, almost 200% of current carbon emissions could be sequestered in those 6.3 billion hectares.
Dr Swan said that this could restore global soil fertility and reduce soil erosion, thus reducing drought and flooding. At the same time, it would reduce the use of agrochemicals and increase food quantity, quality, and farm profitability.
He added, 'The old principles are all dependent on destruction of the soil and providing so-called nutrients in the form of chemicals, and the new principle is to nourish the soil and provide the nutrients through the biology of the soil.'
This is a trend of restoring the world, not destroying it.
'The knowledge is coming out,' Dr Swan said. 'The technologies are available and are being used more extensively. . . . They are already creating better quality crops, improving the soil at the same time, and improving the whole environment.' As this knowledge becomes more widespread, the demand is increasing.
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