From climate change to natural disasters, and even human ignorance, there are occurrences that take place in the world that affect food supplies. Two occurrences, out of many, that have been in the spotlight recently are seed shortages and what is known as the topsoil crisis.
It’s hard to imagine not being able to enjoy vegetables such as cucumbers and snap peas, but according to a recent Associated Press article, ‘Wet Summer, More Demand Could Create Seed Shortage,’ that possibility is generating a desire in more people to grow their own foods for seed.
Due to poor seed crops, for American and European seed-growers alike, American seeds are in high demand. This could create a domino effect: seed shortages lead to higher seed demands, and higher seed demands could lead to food supply shortages, which could lead to yet more increases in food costs at the grocery store.
The “topsoil crisis” refers to the depletion of arable land in the world. Topsoil erodes, and due to human civilization and common agricultural practices, our planet is losing vital agricultural soils at an accelerated pace. While our food supply is not depleted, as of yet, the affect that soil degradation could have on our ability to grow food for the world’s population is a serious concern of scientists, because scientists know that the death of a civilization can happen relatively fast.
While it can be discouraging and somewhat scary to read about the future of our food supplies, whether that be via seed shortages or the topsoil crisis, it makes the idea of growing foods that much more appealing, with a philosophy, “from seed, for seed.” While our planet is losing vital agricultural soils, people can turn to their own yards to nourish the land that they have access to, for better foods and peace of mind.