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What is Drip Irrigation? / What is Regenerative Agriculture? / What are Cover Crops? / What is No-Till Farming? / Is agri-business untouchable? / Factory Farming / A Rancher's Transition / Vegan Fashion Brands / Vegan Beauty Brands / Conventional vs Organic: Nutrition Facts' info / Learn Even More About Farming

How to Stop Treating Our Soil Like Dirt

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What is 

Drip Irrigation?

(a hose with holes in it)

According to the EPA - Environmental Protection Agency - up to 50 percent of water that farms use outdoors is lost to wind, runoff, and evaporation due to inefficient irrigation methods commonly used around the world. In 1965, drip irrigation was developed by Simcha Blass in Israel, a desert region. This is "a hose with holes in it" regulated by a device called a dripper, which emits just the right amount of water directly above the roots. Today, drip irrigation companies are starting to grow worldwide.

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What is 

Regenerative Agriculture?

(raising the bar: an omnivorous solution)

An omnivorous farming solution which incorporates soil health, animal husbandry, and fair labor practices, the regenerative movement is another possible solution for nurturing the Earth's eco-systems. Although this isn't a whole plant foods endeavor, it's a step towards skillfully addressing our depleted soil, unethical animal factories, and lack of fairness for farmers, ranchers, and workers. Moreover, Regenerative Certified Organic is raising the bar towards higher standards within organic farming.

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What are 

Cover Crops? 

(watch how skeptics became convinced)

From Wikipedia: "In agriculture, cover crops are a variety of plants grown to cover the soil rather than for the purpose of being harvested. Cover crops manage soil erosion, soil fertility, soil quality, water, weeds, carbon, pests, diseases, biodiversity, and wildlife in an agro-ecosystem - an ecological system managed and shaped by humans." Cover crops also create higher harvest yields and profit margins. Watch how former skeptics became convinced and changed their methods.

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What is 

No-Till Farming?

(our ancestors understood soil health)

Our ancestors used no-till farming methods to maintain soil health. Today, this practice has returned with a vengeance, as farmers learn that no-till farming reduces soil erosion, retains water, prevents chemical seepage, uses less labor, increases crop yields, leaves crop bio-mass residue on the soil surface, and contributes to less climate change. The initial set up and learning curve is now easier with the growth of this smart farming method worldwide. Ancient wisdom is wise, indeed. 

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Is agri-business untouchable?

Antitrust laws encourage competition by limiting the market power of any company. Turns out, these laws don't seem to be working in the big bad world of agri-business (and tech, communications, media, food, beverage, pharma ad nauseam). Looks like corporate control via financial and political clout are creating a win-lose scenario, as farmers and the public stand by in fury and frustration. I refuse to accept that these entities are unstoppable. Heavy sigh.

Top five Agricultural companies - 75% of market:

Cargill (US)/ ADM (US) / Dow (US) / Nutrien (Canada) / Monsanto-Bayer (Germany)

Top four Seed companies - control 50% of seed:

Bayer (Germany) / Corteva (US) /​ ChemChina (China) Limagrain (France)

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