America’s Southwest is currently enduring what experts say is the worst heatwave to hit the nation in decades. News reports are, rightly so, using the heatwave to highlight the urgency of reducing our use of fossil fuels. But they’re also missing the other half of the solution—transitioning to organic and regenerative agriculture.
On the first day of summer, temperatures in Phoenix, Ariz., reached 119 degrees—the fourth-hottest day on record for the city. Temperatures in Death Valley, Calif. hit 127 degrees. Some 40 million Americans have been affected by extreme (and in some cases historic) heat, which has caused flight cancellations and massive power outages.
Heatwaves like these are predicted to become much more common as long as we continue. Unless we do something, an estimated 1 in 3 people worldwide now experience 20 days of deadly heat each year, according to a study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change.
“We are running out of choices for the future,” warn scientists. Unless we reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, we’re doomed.
But what most scientists and the establishment media consistently fail to acknowledge is the solution: transitioning our industrial food system to a model based on organic and regenerative agriculture.
What will save us from the deadly impact of global warming? A concept that’s still widely ignored—connecting the dots between climate and food.
Industrial agriculture and our global food and farming system are the biggest contributors to global warming, accounting for 44-57 percent of all human greenhouse gas emissions.
Organic and regenerative agriculture practices not only reduce emissions, but also draw down carbon from the atmosphere and sequester it in the soil.
Regenerative food and farming has the potential to draw down a critical mass of carbon (200-250 billion tons) from the atmosphere over the next 25 years and store it in our soils and living plants, where it will increase soil fertility, food production and food quality (nutritional density), while re-stabilizing the climate.
The next time you’re told that reducing greenhouse gas emissions is the only way to reverse climate change, remember that you—using the power of your wallet—can actively minimize your carbon footprint by buying organic, grass-fed and regenerative food.