April 22, 2021 is the 51st annual celebration of Earth Day. Over the course of these years, we’ve discovered many of the alarming ways that modern humans have generated existential threats to the ecosystem of the planet. It can be a sobering day that too many of us choose not to dwell on.
However, we’ve also learned a ton about how we can potentially turn the tide and create a human species that is not only sustainable, but potentially a benefit to the earth.
Here are some promising signs that we can turn it around:
We have many new farmers! 25% of farmers are beginners. This new generation of farmers are, by and large, challenging the status quo and are working hard to develop methods that are sustainable both environmentally and economically.
More than 130,000+ farms and ranchers are using renewable energy. Energy independence and independence from the large agribusiness chemical companies means that farmers have the power to control the choices they make on their farms. They’re not dependent on subsidies or patented GMO technologies.
8.3 million acres of land are certified organic. That’s a lot! And that number is growing. Additionally, there are many farms that are ‘organic transitional’, which means that they are in the process of healing the soils in order to get official certification. In the meantime, they are producing food that is chemical free.
Biosequestration works. It’s not a new process, but scientific studies have demonstrated that increased rates of photosynthesis via land-use practices such as reforestation, sustainable forest management are great ways to keep carbon out of the atmosphere. We recommend reading The Emerald Planet: How Plants Changed Earth's History by David Beerling for more on this. If we get this right, we could actually reverse global warming trends within our lifetimes.
Our status as a B Corp means that our commitment to the betterment of our shared environment is integrated into our everyday business practices - not an afterthought or add on. We believe that business can be a force for good. And similarly, consumers can be a force for good, when they make responsible, proactive choices.
Eating is something we all do, every day and every meal is a chance to celebrate Earth Day and make a positive impact.