For centuries, human beings grew food and fiber crops without any chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Farmers learned to rotate crops and regenerate the soil with microbes. Humanity had no choice but to grow everything in this manner. It’s only been in the last 100 years that industrial agriculture has gained dominance. And now, judging from an increasing lack of access to food security, the impact of Big Ag on the environment, the erosion of farmland topsoil, and the staggering amount of food waste annually, something has gone terribly wrong in the name of progress.
“We’re in the ninth inning for humanity, two outs,” says Doug Fine, hemp farmer, activist, and author. “Every farm-based enterprise has to operate the way humans always have—by treating its essential resources as vital to maintain and continually rebuild.”
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