Cultivation and SDG 2

I found the chapter about cultivation especially interesting to me. They created a special planting plan to improve the structure of the soil and a system to prevent weed growth. They strategically planted certain vegetation in order to improve fertilization. Clovers were planted due to their deep rooting, which can improve soil drainage and green fertilization. They planted crops like oats, barely, and rye to help the soil structure and create less weed growth and prevented dispersion of sandy soils. Having good soil is vital for successful crops. If there isn’t enough agriculture growth, then areas can not feed their people. This directly affects SDG 2 of ending hunger, promoting food security, and sustainable agriculture. This is a great example of promoting sustainable agriculture, because it is improving the sustainment of the economic viability of the agriculture systems. This enhances the quality of life for farmers and neighboring communities, increases farm productivity/ income, and is beneficial for the environment.

The chapter did mention issues with having enough water to grow crops. This is definitely a pretty large problem in sustainable agriculture. Droughts are a huge issue, which can cause major food insecurity. A way they could help combat this issue is by using recycled water to water their crops. This could help create less water waste. The recycled water would be purified water, so the plants would not be harmed by added chemicals in the water.

Image source: https://www.heritagesouthholland.co.uk/article/farming-crowland-1940s/

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