I spent 10 days in Cape Town in August. The water crisis was apparent everywhere. It was one of the main topics of conversation amongst friends. Notices pinned up at tourist attractions, shopping centres and restaurants encouraged you to save water.
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.