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Future Food Turmoil: The Soil Solution

Farming is one of the oldest professions in human history, and it continues to be one of the most essential ones. As the world’s population continues to grow, the demand for food is increasing, and farmers are under pressure to produce more food than ever before. However, this increased demand for food has come at a cost, with soil degradation and loss of fertility becoming major issues. In this article, we will explore the future of farming, the importance of soil regeneration, and why there is a small window to solve this issue before it’s too late.


The Future of Farming

The future of farming is rapidly changing, with technology playing an increasingly critical role in the industry. Precision agriculture, robotics, and data analytics are just a few of the technologies that are transforming the way farmers work. These innovations are helping farmers to become more efficient, reducing waste, and increasing productivity. At the same time, these technologies are helping to reduce the environmental impact of farming, which is crucial given the urgent need to address climate change.

In addition to technology, sustainable farming practices are becoming more widespread, with farmers adopting techniques that are less harmful to the environment. For example, regenerative agriculture is gaining popularity, which involves practices that increase soil health and biodiversity. This approach involves using cover crops, reduced tillage, and crop rotation, among other practices. Another example is Earthmade’s process of growing produce with the use of zero chemicals. This innovative cultivation method eliminates the need for pesticides and soil-damaging heavy metals by using good bacteria. 

The goal of both of these practices is to improve soil health, increase biodiversity, and reduce the need for synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.


The Importance of Soil Regeneration

Soil regeneration is crucial for the future of farming, as healthy soil is the foundation of agriculture. Soil is a complex ecosystem that is home to billions of microorganisms that play a vital role in plant growth and nutrient cycling. When soil is degraded, these microorganisms are destroyed, and the soil becomes less fertile. This leads to lower crop yields, increased erosion, and nutrient runoff, which can have devastating effects on the environment.

Soil regeneration involves restoring the health and biodiversity of the soil, which can be achieved through a variety of practices. Some of these practices include using cover crops to improve soil structure, reducing tillage to preserve soil structure and prevent erosion, rotating crops to promote biodiversity, and using Earthmade’s zero-chemicals bioscience. By improving soil health, farmers can increase crop yields, reduce water usage, and decrease the need for synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.


The Small Window to Solve this Issue

Despite the importance of soil regeneration, there is a small window of time to solve this issue before it’s too late. The world’s population is expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050, and the demand for food is expected to increase by 60%. To meet this demand, farmers will need to produce more food than ever before, which will put even more pressure on the soil. If we don’t take action to improve soil health and biodiversity, we risk losing fertile land and increasing food insecurity.

To address this issue, governments, farmers, and consumers must work together to promote sustainable farming practices and invest in soil regeneration. There are already many initiatives underway to promote regenerative agriculture, such as the Regenerative Agriculture Initiative and the Soil Health Institute. Consumers can also play a role by supporting farmers who use sustainable farming practices and by reducing food waste. If you visit Earthmade’s website, you will find many opportunities to help support not only Earthmade, but the environment as a whole.


Documentaries and Other Articles

If you want to learn more about the future of farming and the importance of soil regeneration, there are many documentaries and articles that you can explore. Some of the most informative documentaries on this topic include Kiss the Ground, Symphony of the Soil, and The Need to Grow. These films explore the science behind soil health and the importance of regenerative agriculture.

There are also many articles available online that discuss the importance of soil regeneration and sustainable farming practices. Some of the best articles on this topic include “The Soil Will Save Us” by Kristin Ohl.

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Mike Dobbins

CEO, Vicentia

Mike Dobbins is developing bio inputs to replace pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers. His mission is to give farmers the tools they need to produce 100% chemical free food at the scale needed to feed the 9.8 billion people that will soon inhabit the earth. “If you want to look after biodiversity, and you want to improve our soil health, and you want to improve our chronic illness growth, we have to have NO chemicals. And in all fairness there has not been, on a worldwide basis, a solution to the problem.



A few years ago, Walmart embarked on a journey to become a regenerative company, dedicated to placing nature and humanity at the center of their business. As part of their commitment, they recently partnered with GEM Pack Berries, and will be distributing the first crops ever to be grown using an innovative cultivation method that eliminates the need for pesticides and soil-damaging heavy metals… game-changing strawberries from Earthmade. In keeping with environmentally friendly practices aimed at minimizing transportation distances, Earthmade strawberries are available in select Walmart locations in Southern California’s Ventura County.

Duda Farm Fresh Foods

The Duda family has been growing fresh fruits and vegetables for nearly 100 years. It all started with Andrew Duda, who had just 40 acres of farmland, and his sights set on the American Dream. Now, six generations later, the Duda family continues this legacy by bringing their farm-fresh products to a restaurant or grocery store near you and ultimately, your kitchen table. Among their responsible farming practices, Duda has graciously partnered with Earthmade in running chemical-free farming trials on celery.

Gath Farms

Gath Farms has a strong foundation of four generations dedicated to the land. They base their business on relationships, and understand the importance of face-to-face business practices built on honesty and integrity. Working together to build and grow their own successful farming operation provides the foundation upon which they can help others grow their operations, increase their profits and protect the land for generations to come. Gath Farms has partnered with Earthmade to run trials of chemical-free farming on commodities such as corn and soybeans.

GEM Pack Berries

With an eye on the future, an ace coalition of California farmers known as GEM Pack Berries long ago embraced the organic farming practices standardized in the late 1980s. When they banded together in 2015, they wanted to find even more sustainable, soil friendly methods. They soon partnered with Vicentia, which was conducting innovative research on developing a special kind of good bacteria as a substitute to both artificial and heavy metal-based pesticides. GEM Pack understood that, if Vicentia scientists were successful, their advancements could solve a long list of health, agricultural, sustainability, and environmental issues. GEM Pack allocated a sizable plot of farming land so Vicentia bioscientists could conduct multi-year research on the cultivation of multiple commodities.


Australian bioscience company Vicentia’s bio inputs have not only protected crops all around the world from pests that prey on them; they also eliminated the need for heavy metals, which have been found to affect the biofertility of the soil. Better yet, these revolutionary innovations could be adopted by farmers everywhere to grow all varieties of crops, thereby potentially transforming currently problematic farming practices into healthy, earth regenerating, sustainable practices. Vicentia’s groundbreaking solution also lowered production costs while maintaining or increasing yield and crop quality. Today, Vicentia’s regenerative agricultural advances are being trialed in seven countries.

Howard Shapiro


Howard Shapiro has made it his life mission to understand the health of our plant. He has been involved with sustainable agricultural and agroforestry systems, pattern recognition, plant breeding, molecular biology and genetics for over 40 years. He has worked with indigenous communities, NGO’s, governmental agencies and the private sector around the world. A former university professor for 15 years, Fulbright Scholar, Ford Foundation Fellow, Fellow of the World Agroforestry Center, Chairperson of the External Advisory Board of the Agriculture Sustainability Institute at UC Davis, and numerous additional accolades, Shapiro has certainly proved he has the experience and vast knowledge of the very critical status of the world’s agricultural crisis.
mark gath

Mark Gath

Owner, Gath Farms

Mark Gath is the owner of Gath Farms, and comes from a multi-generational line of mid-western farmers and growers. As a cancer survivor (brought on by years of chemical-reliant farming), Gath has been a champion of non-chemical farming and agriculture practices. He enthusiastically grows chemical-free corn on his Arizona farm, andis running chemical-free trials of soybeans on his mid-west farms.

Carlos Meza

Bioscientist, Vicentia Farmer

Carlos is an organic farmer and bioscientist hailing from Chile, where he was one of the first certified organic exporters in the 1990s. Disturbed by the amount of chemicals that are still widely used in certified organic systems, he’s developing fully biological alternatives to chemical pesticides and herbicides. These bio inputs harness the power of naturally occurring microbes to naturally control pests. Carlos’ vision is to remove all chemicals and heavy metals from conventional and organic farming systems.

A.G. Kawamura

Owner, Orange County Produce, LLC

A.G. Kawamura is the former Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture. He is a third generation fruit and vegetable grower from Orange County. He is co-chair of Solutions From the Land, a non-profit organization that collaborates with farmers, ranchers, foresters and stakeholders to implement climate smart land management practices and strategies.

Mike Etchandy

Owner, Etchandy Farms Co-Owner, GEM-Pack Berries

Mike Etchandy is a fourth generation organic and conventional Orange County strawberry farmer. Jaded by the ambiguous organic certification system and the heavy metals it relies on, he has been testing new bio inputs on his strawberry fields to reduce his dependence on harmful chemicals.