A Farming Revolution

My Rivendell aquaponic system under construction 1
My Rivendell – aquaponic system under construction

 

“Because, underneath all of this is the real truth we have been avoiding: climate change isn’t an “issue” to add to the list of things to worry about, next to health care and taxes. It is a civilizational wake-up call. A powerful message—spoken in the language of fires, floods, droughts, and extinctions—telling us that we need an entirely new economic model and a new way of sharing this planet. Telling us that we need to evolve.” ― Naomi Klein

These days we’re constructing our first Aquaponic system in the greenhouse.

It’s quite thrilling that our project is shaping up and I’m glad to share the steps that we’re taking in making our dream true.

It’s fulfilling every aspect of my life, even my chitchats with strangers that I meet during walks on the beach and in the parks. Luckily, they seem rather surprised than annoyed by my explanations of what is Aquaponics and its potentialities to boost wealth into the social tissue.

It’s becoming ever more an obsession to me make this food production innovation known among the largest number of people, as much as raise the public attention on the current, small and medium-scale farmer’s struggles all over the world.

Sometimes it’s very discouraging notice how little concern is shown on this issue by the media and the political debate.

This is an ominous storm that is going to strike everyone and only few folks are talking about, who are as a matter of fact almost all experts of the field. And this is a huge problem in the understanding of the issue, since the language they use to explain the warning is quite technical and it doesn’t connect with people’s actual needs. That is to say that they don’t take into consideration the psychological reaction of people in front of the alarm of a situation beyond their control. Moreover, their communication doesn’t involve the current struggles that most people are tackling in their daily lives, such as the lack of job opportunities. 

A more effective communication would consist of explaining them how to reinvent the Climate Change’s impact on farming as a tool to innovate the field and create new jobs, converting the conventional farming facilities into a more sustainable, cost-effective and climate-resilient ones through the methods that already exist.

This strategy would allow people to accept more easily the situation, without feeling under a dreadful threat.  But going on to repeat that we’re moving toward the brink will just result – as it’s proved by the President Trump’s election – in an ever stronger denial of the evidence.

It’s paradoxical how the fiercest deniers of the Climate Change are the same farmers who are the most vulnerable to its disastrous effects. They are also the most reluctant to shift their production practices towards ecological ones. I think that this reality confirms the opinion I expressed ahead that the reaction of people in front of threatening conditions is not a logic one.

With some of them I argued on the topic and it looked like I was the enemy who was going to destroy their crops. They are such strenuous fighters against the Climate Change mitigation policies and measures, instead of protesting against the regulations that protect the food giants’ interests at their own expenses.

It seems to me a pretty nonsensical point of view. 

However on their production our livelihoods depend and it means we need to protect their interests, if they don’t do on their own, since they’re ours as well.

 “My dear, I used to think I was serving humanity . . . and I pleasured in the thought. Then I discovered that humanity does not want to be served; on the contrary it resents any attempt to serve it. So now I do what pleases myself.” ― Robert A. Heinlein   

small-scale aquaponic systems in front of the sea
Small-scale aquaponic systems in front of the sea

Sometimes, like in this exact moment, I feel rather than launching a company to be striving a revolution. A cultural one. 

I’m attempting to convince as many people as I can that these issues matter, that now is anymore something concerning only our health or a lifestyle’s choice. This regard our chances of survival on this planet. Sustainability isn’t an argument of debate for who cares for the biodiversity loss or the plastic islands in the Oceans. Sustainability is an urgency that we’ve to take into account inside our busy daily schedule.

It’s crucial to be aware of the key role of sustainable food production practices in impacting on our natural resources reserves, whether that you admit or not the occurrence of Climate Change.

The paradigm that associates conventional organic farming or sun, soil and fresh water with “natural”, healthier products in environmental terms is deceptive, because it doesn’t take into consideration the waste of resources and the impoverishment of the arable lands. The same applies for traditional aquaculture and fishing. 

Furthermore, too many people seem to forget that the environmental pollution is a tricky business, meaning that you can claim that your products are organic and healthier but you can’t control all the chemical agents, the heavy metals,etc…that have been absorbed by the soil, the rain, the water basins, the sea, the air…The biosphere is an interconnected enormous ecosystem and without a cooperation in deploying more sustainable production strategies all over the world there is no safety, neither for our health nor for the satisfaction of the global food requirements.

So, this is a revolution that needs to start as soon as possible. 

We need to change habits and the choice of our diet should be driven on a carbon footprint perspective rather than on a personal opinion. As for instance for what concerns the dairy and meat consumption and the urgency of cut it in half by 2050. (I’m not vegetarian, so don’t worry I won’t tell you all the paraphernalia on the animals’ right even if I’m concerned about it, as well.) The actual point is that as a matter of fact, the global dairy and meat industry is completely unsustainable.

Indeed, a new Greenpeace’s report says that if left unchecked agriculture is projected to produce 52% of global greenhouse gas emissions in the coming decades, 70% of which will come from meat and dairy. But the problem doesn’t end with the carbon footprint produced by the livestock industry. In fact, the most serious collateral damages are due to the crop-based feed for animals and the impressive amount of water wasted in the several stages of their rearing. Indeed, the lands devoted e.g. to soy crops to feed the livestock are extracted by areas of forests that are cut down with this aim.

These are data, not opinions. 

So, what’s next? Will you spur with us this Revolution?

 

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Giulia Di Crescenzo View All →

Social entrepreneur. My purpose to impact is to elaborate and transform the toxins into nutrients for the regeneration of Life, such as Aquaponic system works.

“Dreams do come true, if only we wish hard enough. You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.” ― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

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