If soil is unhealthy, the crops they produce will be unhealthy. For decades, intensive farming practices have reduced soil health and nutrition here in the United States. Monoculture, or where farms produce a single crop, is the standard practice here in the states and for other industrialized societies, but it severely damages soil health and depletes soil nutrients.
Access to energy is fundamental to human and economic development—it improves health, enables communication and education, generates income, and empowers women. It’s also become a focal point of the Sustainable Development Goals, specifically SDG 7. Yet billions of people lack this key ingredient to a prosperous life. In fact, nearly half the planet, or three billion people, still cook their meals over open biomass fires.
We talked with people of all ages and diverse occupations, they all had a similar story to tell. The last four to five years of intense red tides and algae blooms have devastated their livelihoods, caused them or their young children health consequences, and forced them to question how much longer they can call the Fort Myers area home.