A world without soil…

            Prior to the adjournment of Friday’s class, we momentarily touched on the subject of the Global Food Crisis. Those three words quickly sent me spiraling back to unwelcome memories of CORE 222. The required global citizenship class spent countless, monotonous weeks researching the causes, subsequent effects, and possible answers to the impending food crisis. (Don’t get me wrong; it’s an important topic to understand and an overwhelmingly pressing global issue, but a class full of college sophomores trying to devise plans to change the world can get a little long-winded when no one knows what they’re talking about.)

            We debated throwing millions of dollars our economy can’t support at the world’s underdeveloped governments. We also considered the idea of donating agricultural equipment and machinery as well as developing supplementary educational programs to teach natives how to utilize such new tools and skills. Although we briefly discussed the effects of deforestation and decreasing water supplies throughout the globe, I do not once recall during the entire semester specifically focusing on the importance of soil.

            After merely one week of soil science, I can not help but completely reevaluate my entire vision of worldly existence. I think about the layers of earth as I walk through the grass, the foundations of famous man made monuments as I sit through history class, and the lush gardens my apples were grown in as I eat dinner at night. The thought of the daily necessity of soil, its nutrients for sustenance and its strength for foundation, is absolutely astounding. Furthermore, the fact that an entire college class, including the professor, studied food sources for an entire term without acknowledging soil as an essential resource is exceedingly troublesome.

            In the mock United Nations Global Forum held at the end of the CORE 222 term, we ultimately decided, while role playing as United Nations ambassadors, that international agricultural education programs would serve the greatest long term good to the global community in alleviating the Global Food Crisis. We passed mock treaties supporting the idea that wealthier economies such as the United States of America would supply equipment and expert agricultural instructors to developing communities being hit hardest by the food epidemic. The knowledge I recently acquired in soil science class makes me think that perhaps these experts should teach the mass-producing corporate farmers of America a few things about conserving the land as well.

            I know this may sound very unrealistic, and that none of us will live to see the day, but I now fear that if our society continues to deface our already unappreciated land, the continuous deforestation and erosion will cause our entire species to one day wake up in the ocean after their homes have simply slid out from under them. Silly thought, I know. But hey, anything can happen.

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One Response to A world without soil…

  1. lpg42010 says:

    I very much agree when you mention the education factor. I think awareness through education, hands on activities, and other community related work are key factors in properly training people of a soceity to farm. You don’t typically see many people with home gardens or farms anymore now-a-days. Most people spend their hard earned money at the grocery store purchasing food that has been trasported from foreign countries or across the U.S., instead of educating themselves on how to garden in order to support their lifestyle. Sustainable farming techniques should be influenced upon people that are willing to save money and the environment. I think the care for something like this just needs a little community support. For example CSA’s should be part of every suburban and urban neighborhood. Community Supported Agriculture, otherwise known as CSA’s should be a requirement of all newly built and atleast be an opportunity for existing homes or communities. It is a great way to get people interested and excited about the topic, while at the same time helping with local purchasing or growing and also healthy diets.

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