Help keep the soil fertile
The World Resources Institute notes that the soil on nearly 40 percent of agricultural land is seriously depleted. The International Food Policy Research Institute predicts that with the current trend of losing the fertility of agricultural land, an additional 150-360 million hectares could be lost by 2020.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations from 2006, animal husbandry is the fastest growing agricultural industry in the world, for which 30 percent of the total land area of the Earth is used, mostly in the form of pastures, but also 33 percent of all arable land for the production of animal feed. By 2050, global food production may increase by 70 percent due to population growth. With this, a large increase in foods of animal origin can also be expected.
As the demand for animal feed increases and the area under cultivation expands, the tropical rainforest, also known as the lungs of the world, is shrinking. In South America, most of the forest is cut down for the production of genetically modified soy, the main importer of which is Europe, mainly due to the intensive raising of pork and poultry, as well as for the production of biofuels. China, which is already the largest meat producer, secured the largest share of South American agricultural land through accelerated purchases.
An ever-increasing population is causing fertile land, which is useful for growing food and is therefore essential for sustaining life, to disappear. Increasing the intensity of cultivation is not a sustainable solution, as it further depletes the already depleted soil.
How you can help by choosing the way you eat
Overgrazing causes 35 percent, deforestation 30 percent, and agriculture 27 percent of soil degradation. The main reasons are therefore directly or indirectly related to foods of animal origin.
Soil impoverishment forces people to look for new land to expand agriculture. This often leads to deforestation, which again causes soil impoverishment. This vicious circle represents one of the worst forms of unsustainable farming. With a vegan way of eating, we can significantly contribute to preserving the precious soil.
Sustainable agriculture respects natural laws and cares for all forms of life. More and more people are aware of the importance of soil fertility, which is why the Slovenian Vegan Society encourages individuals to educate themselves on how to enrich it and choose nature-friendly farming methods.