Over the years I have seen communities of every nation struggle to with food security and many have turned to mass food production using monocultural methods. They have destroyed the fertility of the land and made the soil barron as a result. They have also turned to using fertilisers and pesticides and other chemicals to protect their crops from bugs and to increase the quality of their product. This is having a very negative impact on all humans such as increasing health problems and some scientists even say it contributes to cancer because we are trying to modify products that are already perfectly designed. Are negative agricultural practices is having a diverse effect on animals and the native flora and fauna. We are also losing valuable pollinators that help the plants and good bacteria and fungus that help the soil.
Today the cost of farming has skyrocketed because of the costs involved and the low profit margin which makes it impossible to continue without falling into debt or having to rely on government subsidies. To grow their crops farmers need fertilisers, machinery to help with the large load of work and fuel for the machines. They also have other costs involved such as having to use pesticides and weed killers which toxify the crops, that will cause us harm if we ingest them.
To deal with this problem I have searched for many solutions that can give us quality crops along with ethical management of the land that will protect and increase the fertility of the soil and do no harm to the natural environment. One of the best solutions I have found is small market gardening using the no-dig method that is surprisingly profitable and requires far less effort than today's 'traditional' method of farming. If you would like to learn more about this please feel free to visit charles dowding's and richard perkins's youtube channels respectively.
To start this business I will need a £50,000 start up fund to help me purchase land, equipment and marketing to make people more aware and give them a healthy and reliable alternative for their food source.