Water & Soil: Adaptations for a Changing Climate
February 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EST
Global weather patterns have been changing due to a host of factors: the impact of a growing population, the release of carbon into the atmosphere, deforestation, the way we farm the land. All of this has a profound impact on precipitation patterns, both their frequency and intensity. These conditions represent an existential threat to the Ag Industry itself, but also to food security through deadly harms to the climate conditions needed to produce the crops needed to feed the world.
There are solutions through mitigation. There are currently effective solutions in practice by farmers supported by the Ag industry. For these practices to have significant impact, there needs to be implementation of sustainable practices supported through continued investment that will achieve widespread adaption to practices that improve water and soil health—the requisite changes needed to sustain agriculture and the environment.
This webinar brings together those who work with solutions —through industry, finance and farming— to the challenges facing the food industry, from farm to fork
Using photosynthesis and the ability of plants to add nitrogen and carbon feeds the microbial community that builds soil. With every 1% of increase in soil organic matter, which is 50% carbon, the soil can absorb and hold an additional 20,000 gallons of water per acre, which regulates and stabilizes local water cycles.
On average, 80% of all water is used by conventional agriculture to irrigate crops. Nitrogen, phosphates, and pesticides lost from fields due to runoff and leaching cause the pollution of watersheds, streams, and groundwater. Using soil health practices such as no till, cover crops, and diverse crop rotations reduces the need for chemical inputs and irrigation water.
The Agriculture sector is working to change growing practices, types of crops, crop rotations in order to repair soil and watersheds. In a nutshell using photosynthesis to recarbonize the soil and restore the soil microbiome back to health.
Soil is local: types and condition of the soil, access to water, climate, and socioeconomic realities determine what can be grown regeneratively.
Changing crops requires the collaboration of the entire food supply chain, opening up markets for types of crops that restore local soils.
Startups, innovators, innovations and in particular the investment sector need the information required to coordinate the entire supply chain linking the farmer to the consumer.
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