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Earth's 2017 Resource 'Budget' Spent by August 2: Report

In a distressing message that indicates we need nearly twice the planet to meet humanity’s needs on Earth, scientists say that as of today, August 2, we already have used up more of Nature’s resources than our planet can renew in a full year, Phys Org reports. The production “calendar” has been calculated since 1986, and arrives earlier every year.

The destruction of our Earth is devastating and alarming. Unfortunately, much of our growing environmental, climate and health problems can be traced back to modern food production, including food insecurity and malnutrition amid mounting food waste. The plain truth is conventional, chemical and energy-intensive farming is depleting both the soils and fresh water supplies, while toxic agricultural chemicals pollute air, soil and waterways around the world.

There is hope, though, if governments, health officials and agricultural enterprises just listen: Answers to pressing global problems hinge on the widespread implementation of regenerative farming and decentralized food distribution. Demonstration farms that are alive and well and operating successfully using regenerative land management are good examples of what we can do to turn the resource clock back.

Regenerative agriculture incorporates livestock, allowing farmers who implement it to increase organic matter in the soil back to healthy levels within a couple of decades. By urinating and defecating on the land, livestock and poultry provide important nourishment for soil microbes, which in turn help rebuild soil quality and allow the land to flourish once again. However, this type of farming can NOT be in the style of traditional confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

Rather, good animal welfare includes creating an environment in which the animals can express instinctive behavior. Cows were born to roam and graze. Chickens were born to scratch and peck — and allowing animals to do what they were naturally designed to do also means better food for you. In other words, healthier soils and healthier animals used with regenerative and organic farming equate to healthier food for you and a healthier planet for all.
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