What is the problem?
The Earth's metabolic systems are in crisis. Intensive agriculture and agrichemical dependency are leading to widespread soil degradation and bringing our food system to the brink of collapse. Humanity’s demand for food is set to double by the 2060’s*. More and more native forests are being converted to farmland to meet this demand. At the same time new forests are needed to rapidly sequester carbon and combat climate change. Land resources and the last remaining natural habitats are under intense conflicting pressures.
*Valin H et al. (2013). ‘The future of food demand: understanding differences in global economic models’. The Journal of the International Association of Agricultural Economists. Vol 45(1), pp. 51-67
What is the solution?
Productive Ecological Restoration can produce affordable safe food, lock up carbon, and support natural complexity and biodiversity all at the same time.
Productive Ecological Restoration means:
Phasing out monocultures and implementing regenerative agriculture on farmland compromised by industrial agriculture to rebuild soil fertility from the bottom up
Restoring landscapes destroyed by human activity and planting productive agroforestry to produce food while soaking up atmospheric carbon
Combining ancient and modern practices in the Developing World to produce commercial crops while supporting biodiversity and nature in parallel
Growing food and supporting native biodiversity in our cities by building edible urban landscapes and maintaining them though community action
The techniques to achieve these goals already exist. However, there are huge knowledge gaps and a lack of experts to scale up. Implementation on a global scale requires the development of new technologies and innovative management strategies.
At Complex Earth we create A.I. driven user-friendly problem solving software to resolve these knowledge gaps. Our technology automates food system design and landscape management processes to allow rapid scale up.
Our technology works towards net Zero Carbon, increases biodiversity and ecological sustainability in the food system, and helps individuals and organizations achieve United Nations Sustainable Development Goals within the agriculture, forestry, and built environment sectors.