An Eco-Warrior’s Sword Is Their Fork

All of us have a latent eco-warrior inside us. When we are not exercising that eco-warrior, the eco-enemy is active. My reasoning is as follows:

Agriculture is the worst eco-enemy we have. Every time we eat, we choose a farmer practicing either regenerative agriculture or destructive agriculture. The farmer is either an eco-warrior or an eco-enemy. There are no eco-fence-sitters.

Agriculture: Eco-enemy No.1

eco-warrior | Longevity LiveLet’s start by looking at the dire state of our planet and its supposed most intelligent inhabitants, homo sapiens, and then we can see how agriculture is the primary cause of this unsustainable condition of a sick planet inhabited by sick humans. Agriculture is the single greatest contributor to environmental destruction and climate instability, whether it is rain forest removal (36 soccer fields cut down every hour) or carbon emissions.

Agriculture has caused 405 dead zones around the world. The biggest is in the Gulf of Mexico, and it is the size of Gauteng. It is directly attributable to artificial fertiliser runoff that ends up in the Mississippi River. Globally we lose 20 times more kilograms of topsoil than kilograms of food produced. Topsoil is what we grow our food in.

Reduced Value of Nutrition:

eco-warrior | Longevity LiveOne of the very few statistics agreed on is that the nutritional content of food has been in decline for many generations. In 1950 an apple contained 4,3mg of iron. By 1998 it had dropped to 0,18mg.

What is not explained, though, is that this applies to conventionally produced food, not organic food. In every comparable study done, organic food is more nutrient-dense.

As an aside, apples are the fruit sprayed with the most pesticides. South Africa does not have one organic apple producer, which makes us all Adam and Eve.

As nutrients decline, there is a concomitant increase in diseases. In the US, since 1980, heart diseases are up by 412%, asthma by 4137%, bone deformities by 347%. The list goes on and on. Globally there are equal numbers of people dying of obesity and starvation. The same would apply here if we had the statistics, as we mimic what the US does in farming, diet and obesity.

Become An Eco-Warrior:

However, it is not all gloom and doom, as the most powerful tool at the disposal of our eco-warrior is our fork. By using our fork on real food produced by regenerative farmers, we can make it a tool for justice – justice for the earth (being destroyed by agriculture), justice for the animals (cage-raised animals produce at least 95% of the protein consumed globally) and justice for human health (elaborated on above).

I witnessed the power of starting to eat real food (and removing our mercury fillings) in the recovery of Johan Jacobs, from being bedridden with MS to running around, and now operating a wonderful health shop in Somerset West, called Go Natural.

The last point that I need to touch on is the canard that sustains conventional, chemical, poisonous agriculture: namely, that we need this type of extractive, destructive agriculture to feed the 9 billion in 2050. In other words, organics cannot feed the world. This line is obsequiously parroted by mainstream media, agricultural institutions and, of course, the mega corporations that make money from this type of agriculture.

The first rebuff is that today we produce enough food to feed between 11 billion and 14 billion people. Second, most of the food produced (read GMO maize and soya) is not needed by humans, and the cattle they feed it to are not designed to eat it anyway.

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Angus McIntosh, a biodynamic farmer based in Stellenbosch

Third, this method of food production causes environmental damage. Fourth, humans are sick because they eat this “food”, and, finally, organic outperforms conventional farming on all metrics, while at the same time producing food that nourishes humans and heals the earth.

If you are ever in the Stellenbosch area, you are most welcome to come for a real food safari on our farm, where we can discuss these matters in more depth.

Angus McIntosh is a biodynamic farmer based in Stellenbosch. Follow him on Twitter or visit his website.

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