The earth’s soil is diminishing every day. Soon, there may be great restrictions on agricultural activities. What fruits will be available to you then? Find out here…
Our planet has existed for a very long time — 4.534 billion years to be exact. Like with everything else that lasts long enough, a depreciation curve begins to manifest. We are now dealing with earth-related problems like climate change, increased natural disasters, pandemics and soil degradation.
With all these in mind, it’s simple to have a drab perspective of what the future holds. But, simple isn’t always the best. Human beings have adapted and have dealt with many planet-threatening situations over the years, and this time will be no different.
There’s a soil degradation problem — but there’s a freeze-dried solution. In this post, we’ll be explaining the extent of the soil degradation problem, some of its causes and how the freeze-drying process presents a (super cool) way for you and your family to still enjoy nutritious, long-lasting food even with bad soil.
Allow us to dive into agricultural science here… It’s easy to grasp.
The Soil Degradation Problem
Soil is a natural resource that is supremely important to the continuity of life on planet earth. Its unique composition, consisting of millions of organisms, allow us to farm, grow crops and fruits, ultimately providing us with a steady supply of food.
Soil degradation occurs when the soil loses part of its ability to sustain life on earth. There can be losses to the physical, chemical or biological qualities of the soil which in turn affects its ability to function optimally.
Soil degradation is in itself a natural process, but increased human activity has all but throttled up the process. At least, one-third of the earth’s soil is currently degraded and causing food supply shortages and climate-related issues.
Technically, the soil is a renewable resource but because it takes forever to be regained, many scientists believe we should treat soil as a non-renewable resource. Generating a few centimetres of topsoil takes at least 1,000 years. This is why the soil diminishing in value is such a huge concern.
No conversation about soil degradation is complete without mentioning soil erosion — the leading cause of soil degradation. Soil erosion effectively reduces the amount of topsoil — the most fertile part of the soil — by sending it into lakes and rivers.
The causes of soil erosion include deforestation, overgrazing, numerous construction projects and indiscriminate use of agrochemicals. Each of these causes can be directly tied to human operations. For example, the need to erect more buildings has caused construction engineers to eliminate enough trees (deforestation) to provide more land space.
Whatever the cause, soil erosion means reduced soil productivity. In the past 150 years, soil erosion has facilitated the loss of about 50% of the earth’s topsoil. To help us better grasp the extent of soil erosion, the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation explained that “the equivalent of one soccer pitch of soil is eroded every five seconds”.
There’s a big enough chance that 90% of the earth’s soil is degraded within the next thirty years.
Bottom line? Soil degradation is a giant problem. Kind of like the “white walkers” situation in Game of Thrones.
How does soil degradation affect you?
Soil degradation weakens the soil’s ability to grow high-nutrient food
It is painfully obvious that the biggest effect of soil degradation is a shorter food supply. Through soil erosion, the nutrient-rich topsoil gets depleted and hampers the soil’s capacity to be fully productive.
The less productive the soil is, the greater our inability to cultivate and grow highly nutritious crops. Estimates by the FAO confirm that soil erosion can reduce crop yields by up to 50%. Crops that manage to survive the depletion of the topsoil are likely to come out with considerably fewer nutrients.
Soil degradation can cause poverty
When soil erosion happens on a large scale, people are sometimes forced to abandon what they have and look for other places to live. In that time, they’d have lost their farmlands and be forced to start over with little or no resources.
95% of all human food comes from the soil and if the soil isn’t productive, food becomes a lot more expensive to grow and own — and that also increases the poverty risk.
Soil degradation can accelerate the effects of climate change
Apart from food production, the soil also stores water and carbon. The store of water in the soil makes it easier for plants to survive. But, as water levels depreciate, the land becomes barren and plants find it difficult to grow altogether culminating in desertification — a point of no return where the soil is destroyed.
Soil also stores carbon which helps reduce the greenhouse effect. Without the soil, the fight against global warming and the general effects of climate change becomes twice as hard.
The Freeze-Drying Solution
Technological innovations — hydroponics, aquaponics, cloud computing — that can improve the quality of agriculture are constantly being introduced by the world’s best minds.
The bulk of these new farming practices point to the farmers how to grow crops better without causing problems for the soil. But, farmers are not the only ones who need access to high-nutrient food.
You need them too. If the world’s topsoil will last only the next sixty years, you have got to find a way to stay ahead of the curve and secure your access to healthy delicious fruits.
Freeze-drying (also referred to as lyophilisation) is a preservation technique that combines dehydration and sublimation to create freeze-dried fruits (and food) that maintains the taste, appearance and nutrient of fresh fruits.
Researchers say freeze-drying technology has been around since 1906. Freeze-dried fruits have many life-changing benefits. They have an extended shelf life, they retain 97% of their nutrients and they have the same taste and appearance as fresh fruits.
In a world losing access to good soil, freeze-dried fruits offer new hope for you, and your family and friends. With freeze-dried fruits, you can gather as many fruits as you want and keep them in your home for periods of up to 25 years knowing that whatever time you choose to take them, they’ll still be as nutritious and as tasty as any fresh fruit.
Hop on the freeze-dried fruits train
In the end, we all must adapt and find newer and better ways to do things. When it became obvious horses could not take us everywhere, we moved to cars. When physical work became impossible, we went virtual.
Now, we must adapt again. With strong doubts about the future of the soil’s ability in the face of soil erosion and soil degradation, we must look to preserve what we have now in the best way possible.
That’s why freeze-dried fruits are so important.
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