Agriculture is a key sector in solving the climate crisis due to its two fold relationship with climate change. On one side, agriculture is a significant contributor to climate warming considering that it is responsible for ~10% of the total greenhouse gas emissions [CO2, N20, CH4, and equivalents] in Europe1. On the other side, there is an important, often-missed point here: the downward spiral effect of yield driven subsidies, soil degradation from conventional farming practices, and the resulting contribution to climate change, is just as big a problem for a farmer’s own livelihood and family’s future as it is for the health and security of our planet. The overall impacts of global warming could produce a significant loss [up to 16% loss in EU agriculture income by 2050] for the European agricultural sector2, by decreasing crop yields, depleting water resources, endangering biodiversity, and declining soil health, amongst others.
Approach farmers as potential stewards of our lands
At Soil Heroes, we approach farmers as potential stewards of our lands. Farmers can be agents of positive change and at Soil Heroes we make it possible for farmers to become solution providers and be heroes of their soils again. Soil Heroes connects companies directly with farmers on their journey to bring back nature onto their fields through regenerative land management. This means that nature comes first: phasing out chemical inputs, rebuilding the natural ecosystem by taking action to protect insects and ensure they can thrive, planting flowers in otherwise crop-designated fields, using local biomass to develop natural biofertilizers and composts. Moving to regenerative practices also means that farmers no longer leave fields fallow, for example, and rather ensure that fields always have green cover. In turn, this maximizes drawdown of emissions and builds life-giving carbon in the soil, resulting in the natural biological and chemical soil cycle turning faster, which amongst other things builds better structure to hold more sweet water and so increase resilience to drought and run off. Regenerating soils also means a significant relief on the ask of local water supplies for irrigation and is just one example of the upward cycle and many amazing benefits of farming with nature.
1 Eurostat. ‘Greenhouse gas emission statistics – emission inventories ‘(2020)
2 European Environment Agency. “Trends and projections in Europe 2010- Tracking progress towards Europe's climate and energy targets”. (2010).