THE CLIMATE TALKS IN PARIS: TWO VALUABLE CONTRIBUTIONS ABOUT THE NEED FOR PEACE AND A PARADIGM SHIFT TO A SUSTAINABLE MODEL OF AGRICULTURE FROM DR. VANDANA SHIVA. First, the video (16:15)

“Making Peace with the Earth.” Second, a new article published yesterday in ‘The Asian Age.’ Jim

“Humanity stands at a precipice. Merely 200 years of the age of fossil fuel has driven species and biodiversity to extinction, destroyed our soils, depleted and polluted our water and destabilised our entire climate system. Five hundred years of colonialism have driven cultures, languages, peoples to extinction and left a legacy of violence as the basis of production and governance…

“Industrial agriculture is a fossil fuel-based system which contributes more than 40 per cent of the greenhouse gases leading to climate change. Along with the globalised food system, industrial agriculture is to be blamed for at least 50 per cent of the global warming…

“Returning organic matter to the soil builds up soil nitrogen. Organic farming can increase nitrogen content of soil between 44-144 per cent, depending on the crops that are grown. Organic farming not only avoids the emissions that come from industrial agriculture, it transforms carbon in the air through photosynthesis and builds it up in the soil, thus contributing to higher soil fertility, higher food production and nutrition and a sustainable, zero-cost technology for addressing climate change.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crP5EVZdvLE&feature=youtu.be