The activities of industrial agriculture responsible for global warming — HOMEF | The Guardian Nigeria News

The Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) has attributed the climate change-related disasters affecting Nigeria and planet Earth to the increasing activities of industrial agriculture.

HOMEF Director, Nnimmo Bassey, who revealed this during a stakeholder meeting with civil society on agroecology in Abuja, said that agriculture generally does not contribute to greenhouse gases in the world. Rather, the atmosphere is industrial agriculture that relies on fertilizers, fossil fuels and monoculture. which causes global warming.

He explained that the use of native planting material rather than artificial means is what cools the planet. “When you have a particular piece of land, you don’t use artificial fertilizers, you don’t use chemicals. You use natural means to protect your crops and contribute to soil health. This is the critical dimension that helps cool the planet; biodiversity is cooling the planet,” he said.

Bassey noted that agroecology helps build healthy soil while industrial agriculture that relies on chemical fertilizers actually destroys the soil. “It’s not just because the soil isn’t fertile that they have to add more fertilizer every year, but because the soil is damaged and the damage goes beyond the soil. It flows into rivers, into our bodies of water, affecting the entire ecosystem.

He pointed out that agroecology – agriculture that works with nature is very essential to cool the planet and fight global warming.

Bassey said: “Biodiversity is cooling the planet. When you have a variety of crops growing in healthy soil, the soil itself absorbs carbon, which is healthier. Agroecology helps build healthy soil. Industrial agriculture that depends on chemical fertilizers actually destroys the soil.

While talking about the need to pay more attention to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Bassey said that climate change will lead to agriculture failure, desiccation of the masses among others of water, environmental conflicts, rising ocean temperatures, declining fish numbers and rising sea levels, loss of land, displacement of communities, among others.

He noted that unless these challenges are addressed with real solutions, Nigeria and the whole world may not be able to achieve the SDG targets.

Content Editor for Environmental Right Action, Mr. Babawale Obayanju noted that the linear economy has caused more damage to the planet than good and caused a disaster related to climate change.

Teresa H. Sadler