Learning together under the trees

Learn to feed

Global warming is disrupting production cycles, yields, living areas of plants. Olive oil will soon be commonly produced in the northernmost parts of Europe like this oil already pressed in Brittany. Chemical agriculture based on the inputs that agro-industrialists abuse in monotonous monocultures, ends up exhausting the natural power of the soil to regenerate itself. (1) The water cycle is also affected and the precious liquid runs out. Without water no human life possible.

Competition in the use of water between inhabitants, farmers and industrialists is well under way, for example with massive watering in Europe (eg corn, soya), or the installation of giant basins. It should be remembered that corn is primarily intended for animal feed, the industrial processing of which is full of additives and overconsumption of which has negative repercussions on health. The agro-industrial lobbies capture the attention and the budgets of the public authorities, to the detriment of the peasants, by the illusion that they feed the populations cheaply, when in reality they give them bad quantities to swallow with degraded nutrients saturated with sugars, salts, bad fats and oils. The worldwide obesity epidemic bears witness to this.

The agro-industrial system therefore depletes the soils, which experience a loss of seed diversity, a reduction in yields per hectare and, also, a decline in biodiversity. Worms and insects1 disappear from the surface layers. More edifying, biodiversity also affects human organisms affected by the low diversity of microbes in the macrobiota essential for digestion. This decrease in diversity could result in a weakening of immune defenses (2) and greater virulence of epidemics. A return to life is taking shape as a solution.

Learn agroforestry

The heat becomes so intense on the planet that in many places it burns the young shoots carelessly sown. The search for freshness is becoming an issue, agroforestry a track under investigation.

Many actors are emerging to offer solutions, this is how permaculture schools are set up, that farms of gourmet forests get organized, that city ​​centers are trying to green and that even the cemeteries are transformed into cinerary forests. All avenues are good for refreshing our habitats and providing an alternative diet to that offered by the industry.

The tree planting movement is becoming a leitmotif with the intention of offsetting, at a minimum, the incessant carbon expenditure. It is also a fertile business ground for young entrepreneurs who have sniffed out how to buy the good conscience of companies in search of ecological redemption.

Several private operators or associations have entered the reforestation market. Their promise is to provide investors with carbon sinks capable of offsetting their emissions, but also to protect life through the protection provided by plant cover. Therefore “Let’s plant trees”, Reforestation Where Tree’s everywhere offer services and advice to learn how to plant, refresh spaces, feed people.

Alongside these investors or young business creators, older and more rural peasant associations preserve endemic varieties of plants and endeavor to educate and train the “new peasants” in the gestures of arboriculture. For example countrytrees learns to plant, prune, water, take care of hedges and rediscover ancient gestures that honor plant life.

Learn regenerative agriculture

A “return to the land” or “rural immigration” accompanies this tree planting movement. After the disappearance of the peasants in the face of the agro-industrialists, a rebirth is perceptible. It is as much the work of city dwellers who wish to settle in the countryside in market gardening projects and learning agriculture, than large groups that imagine making gains with new forms of business.

This is how a telephone operator like Free buys hectares to create a farmer’s school, that Nestlé is committed to decarbonizing agriculture by setting a target of 50% supply of raw materials from regenerative agriculture by 2050, or even that Unilever, Axa or Tihekau.

A quest for the living is set in motion, involving both individuals and large industrialists.


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1 – For the record, soil biodiversity is 25% of total biodiversity

2 – A poorly diversified microbiota is observed in autism: 1 in 80 births in the US, 1 in 150 in Europe


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