Eco-Agriculture Restoring Terrestrial Health
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The most well known and well disseminated ideas circulating around Sustainable Food Production come from the well established field of Permaculture, which in its most general definition encompasses the E.A.R.T.H. Initiative on SUN. Several of our Affiliates are PDC* Professionals in the field of Permaculture, or are in the process of Certification after pursuing these methods on their own for many years.
However, if you visit many if not most websites labelled as Permaculture, you will find they focus heavily on the traditional forms of land based Horticulture and not very much on alternative means of Food Production like Hydroponics and Aquaculture. In order to provide a rubric for a more comprehensive approach, we are developing the E.A.R.T.H. initiative.
Why are these additional methods important? The answer primarily lies in Climate Change, ongoing and making even the best designed outdoor land-based food production methods a dicey propostion. Distributing out your food production methods to more unconventional techniques provides an additional layer of Food Security that outdoor gardening by itself cannot provide.
High Yield Indoor Production also can assist in giving land depleted through Industrial Agriculture style farming a change to heal itself and regenerate. Left to it’s own devices without harvesting, the land in a given neighborhood tends to build rather than deplete the soil. The less you need to take out of the land for Sustaining Universal Needs, the better that land will do and be capable of producing as you need it.
Besides the problem of Soil Depletion is Water Availability, required for all forms of Food Production but more intensively required for Open System Outdoor Growing than Closed System Indoor Production. Reason for that is Drainage and Evaporation, which in the absence of continuing water input dry out the soil. Closed system methods conserve the water and recycle it through the system during the growth process. Similarly, fertilizer requirements are far less because they also do not drain away from the roots of the plants into the environment at large, which itself can cause many problems such as Algae Blooms and “Dead Zones” at the exit point of large rivers like the Mississippi. Reducing the amount of total fertilizer released in the production of Food into the general environment is an important aspect of Restoring Terrestrial Health to the system at large, whether those fertilizers are Fossil Fuel or Organically based. The E.A.R.T.H. Initiative seeks to reduce those releases to the minimum necessary for Sustaining Universal Needs.