Do we know how to fix farming? A recent post by Dr. Doug Gurian-Sherman of the Union of Concerned Scientists suggests we do. Read it here!
A good article, even though the headline is undermined in the article when the author admits the reasons for lower yield on diversified farms are not well understood. At Petty Ranch, we have not seen yields decline since shifting to a more diversfied orchard with covercrops. Indeed, our lemon production from older trees has levelled out after several years of decline. We should not presume to know how to “fix” farming. Undue certainty in our methods is what got us into this mess.
But we do know where to start.