“Peak Soil”

A few decades ago, talk in investment circles often came around to the term ‘peak oil,’ the notion that the world’s increasingly limited supply of oil was converging with rapidly accelerating demand.

A similar idea–one with a notable, familiar ring–is making its way into the lexicon of today: peak soil (see the recent Reuters story).  Soils suitable for the farming needs of the future are becoming more and more valuable. And, in a bit of sad irony, the rising cost of oil has contributed heavily to the rising cost of food production, which only exacerbates the problem. Soils, and our critical dependence upon the food it offers, are caught in an ever-tightening trap.

The United Nations has projected that our global population will reach 9.6 billion by 2050. In order for that population to be fed, there must be a dramatic increase in the amount of arable land and production.  Further complicating the picture is the fact that the quality of existing soils around the globe has been compromised by years of overuse, poor crop rotation and management, and an over-reliance on fertilizers.

“Under business as usual, the current soils that are in agricultural production will yield about 30 percent less than they would do otherwise by around 2050.”

— John Crawford, Director of the Sustainable Systems Program in Rothamsted Research of England

According to an alarming report by the World’s Resources Institute (WRI) and as described in a detailed article on peak soil published by the Guardian, 30% of the world’s arable soil has become degraded and unsuitable for use.

In short: time, as well as space, is running out.

It’s an overwhelming and complex problem without a singular solution. Yet it’s one that demands immediate action less the world fall into a series of food crises that could jeopardize not only localized communities but whole countries and their way of life. Thankfully, many are taking action and outlining . For example, The Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change, an independent commission of scientific leaders from 13 countries,  has issued a report of specific recommendations and policy responses needed worldwide to support real change.

At ABOS, our approach to this vexing problem begins with a commitment to keep vital soils and water healthy and to just start cleaning things up. We assist farmers, aquaculturists, businesses and governments around the world. We often do so one project at a time, confident in our ability to demonstrate how our microbial TerraBella soil amendment and AquaBella bio-enzyme products, in various soils and water, respectively, maintain or create vibrant ecosystems where yields, time-to-harvest, and return on investment can be maximized.

To learn more visit our website at: aquabellaorganics.com

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