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November is in sight and with it preparations for the holidays are in top gear. Increasingly, more and more people are concerned about the quality and safety of the food they consume, especially in the light of the increasing cases of non-communicable diseases; Cancer and diabetes, among others. Is there a connection between soil health and human diseases?

  • The answer to that question is YES. Not only is there a connection between soil health and human well being or lack of it, but also a direct connection with the cooling of the planet or the heating of the same. Agriculture and related activities contribute up to 30% or more of the Green House Gas(GHG) emissions: https://www.nature.com/news/one-third-of-our-greenhouse-gas-emissions-come-from-agriculture-1.11708
  • Increased use of inorganic fertilizers and synthetic agrochemicals, like glyphosate aka Roundup Weed Killer, are the main culprits as they destroy the soil microorganisms and bind essential minerals and hence make them inaccessible to plant root systems: file:///D:/User%20Documents/Downloads/sustainability-10-00950.pdf leading to a mineral deficiency which affects the health and nutrient content of plant roots and leaves. https://phys.org/news/2018-07-fertilizer-microbiome-ability-disease.html
  • What does soil health and climate cooling got to do with photosynthesis you may ask: the answer is best presented in a simple graphical manner: Photosynthesis is a plant leaves process that converts atmospheric carbon to biochemical energy using light energy, from the sun and releases oxygen as a by-product.

This natural biological process has informed the 4 per 1000 Initiative

The month of October is here and with it an increased focus on matters environment and how the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) impact on food security and human health.

  • Let us start by asking the question; what is biodiversity and ecosystem services?


and https://www.nature.com/scitable/knowledge/library/biodiversity-and-ecosystem-services-is-it-the-96677163

  • In summary, glyphosate aka Roundup weed killer, transgenic plants(GMOs) and gene editing techniques, like CRISPR, are key threats to biodiversity and ecosystem services.
  • What is the way forward? Increase awareness and educate stakeholders who include; policy makers, farmers and consumers, on the need to avoid these types of farm inputs and related chemical-industrial-monoculture-farming and food production systems which are a threat to biodiversity and ecosystem services and instead embrace agro-ecological organic food production and consumption systems (SDG no. 12); these increase and preserve biodiversity and ecosystem services, which in turn, promote environmental and human health.

July, with the sighting of the “red moon” on the 27th is now history and August is the present.

Unfortunately, unlike the “red moon” alignment phenomenon, many things are not in harmony with nature - humanity, in his pursuit for “technological advancement” has, increasingly, disconnected from Nature and is working against nature instead of working in harmony with natural cycles and systems…..it seems humanity is hell bent to destroy himself by increased use of agrochemicals , synthetic fertilizers and other environmental “toxins”; these “agricultural inputs” are destroying the health of the soil and by extension the health of plants and animals. These “ inputs” are also reducing the I.Q of the unborn child!

  • The aforementioned evidence (and more evidence from the references sections) is prove that the current industrial chemical model of food production is not only harmful to the environment and soil but also poses a serious threat to the sustainable existence of humanity.
  • The synthetic fertilizers, a product of the “warfare chemicals” from WWII ,which produce ammonia/nitrogen based fertilizers, especially the phosphate based fertilizers, contain heavy metal contamination, which are harmful to the soil and by extension human beings; they cause organ damage, especially kidney damage and a neurological damage: :https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21507776

August is gone with “the bad and ugly” and September is here with the” good”

Let us start with the bad:

The ugly? INCREASED use of agro-chemicals harms human health: Any evidence of this? YES. The Case of Johnson Dewayne versus Monsanto: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/aug/10/monsanto-trial-cancer-dewayne-johnson-ruling

The good? Grow and consume agro-ecological organic foods: As the way forward, the month of September, which happens to be the authors birthday month, is the ORGANIC month:, the fair and healthy month: it’s also the month to celebrate the International Organic Day, September 22; https://www.facebook.com/InternationalOrganicDay/...

The first ever Kenya Organic Festival and Conference on the 21st, organized in conjunction the Wangari Maathai Institute (WMI) of Peace and Environmental Studies of the University of Nairobi and Organic Stakeholders, including Organic Consumers Alliance (OCA).Follow this link to register: https://www.facebook.com/events/2096834027242277

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Organic Consumers Alliance (OCA) focuses on promoting and creating awareness on the health benefits of consuming organic foods.

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