Vandana Shiva's Message of Hope for 2015: Soil and Seed Can Solve the Human Created Crisis We Face

It has been declared 'the International Year of the Soil,' but the year ahead, according to Dr. Vandana Shiva, will also see key developments in the global fight to overthrow corporate power with true democracy" In the Year of the Soil," Shiva continues, "let us celebrate the connections between Mother Earth and ourselves. We are, afterall, made of the earth. We are made of soil."

Shiva again reminds us that it is organic farming and ecological agriculture (frequently called agroecology) which offers the "answer to the havoc that's being created by fossil fuels." Quoting from her book, Soil Not Oil, Shiva argued that "in the soil lies the answer to the problems oil has created" across the planet.

Billions of people worldwide are aware that chemical-and energy-intensive industrial food and farming pose a fundamental threat to public health, the environment and climate stability. "Forty per cent of all manmade greenhouse gas emissions come from the use of fossil fuels and chemical-intensive industrial globalized system of agriculture. Biodiversity and soils rich in organic matter are the best strategy for climate resilience and climate adaptation." - Vandana Shiva

Each one of us can be a tiny point of light in our own backyard. Shiva's message is just as valid anywhere as everywhere. The answers and the solutions.are the same: The globe's soils are now depleted of the massive carbon content they historically contained. Industrial agriculture has killed the biota is the soil, it's now 'dirt' in many regions of the world. It can be reversed, it's been proven in many long term studies, including this 40-year international study conducted by IFOAM which concludes: "the transition to organic farming, farm and ranch land can become a significant sink or sequestration pool for greenhouse gasses, literally sucking excess greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere and sequestering them safely in the soil, where they belong

The single greatest service each of us can provide to our planet, our famlies and ourselves is to grow our own organic food from non-hybrid seeds. To save our own seed in turn, and in so doing be part of the future solution to the present day destruction being sown by GMO's, agri-business and the bio-technology giants. - Bob Wiley [ed. The Mud Report]