Solutions From The Land: Improving Soils for Increased Production
June 18, 2019
High Demands for Sustainability Call for Solutions from the Land
By Mikenzi Meyers, Associate Editor
With an increasing population and fewer resources, the agriculture industry is under increasing pressure to remain sustainable. Solutions from the Land is meeting this challenge head-on by examining more progressive ways to produce.
Solutions From The Land is a farmer-led platform that advocates for multiple solutions towards well-managed agricultural landscapes that can still meet the demands of an increasing population.
Ernie Shea, president of Solutions From The Land, is optimistic about California agriculture’s future.
“We’ve had significant investments in technology and infrastructure that have allowed the systems to deploy at a scale, but more than anything, we’ve had progressive leaders that have helped to champion this cause,” he said.
One of the pathways Solutions From The Land is working towards is soil health programming. Through this, farmers are improving the organic content in their soil and soaking up leached water.
“They’re sequestering greenhouse gases and delivering global solutions,” Shea explained.
The organization has partnered with the California Department of Food and Agriculture and encouraged government leaders to endorse soil health programming in hopes that they will help farmers adapt to changing climatic conditions.
“We hope someday we’ll add economic value to the carbon that we’re sinking and reward the producers for it,” Shea said