New approaches to global issues

Increasingly, changing weather patterns are coming to the fore, which have manifested themselves in an increasing global temperature curve for several decades. Seasons are shifting, erratic rainfall distributions and amounts are challenging traditionally rigid farming methods and practices, and threatening long-term food security for the people on this planet. The trend is intensifying. New approaches are needed.

Fertilizers for food production have been used globally in very large quantities since the Green Revolution in the 1960s, often also driven by systemic constraints and lack of know-how, and distributed big scale to global production areas. We now face the consequence that a large part of it disappears unused from the local material cycles. As unused fetilizers make their way toward oceans and other resource sinks, they pose a threat to natural habitats in excessive quantities and alter them in ways that harm humans and the environment.

Current farming practices cause species loss and soil degradation

The short-term economic successes and (still) high yields contrast with extremely problematic to catastrophic conditions in the future if the current practices and paradigms are not consistently reconsidered and then further developed.

Today, we see the fruits of past habits and they affect us, for example, in progressive soil degradation. One third of the world’s arable land is already under the influence of progressive soil degradation due to salinization, erosion and humus loss. Due to the stoic view of plants as uniform photosynthetic machines or biomass, we are witnessing a dramatic loss of genetics – the loss of original variants on the one hand and the overbred high-yield crops on the other hand enormously weaken the adaptability to new environmental conditions.

How to solve problems – not

Using offset technologies to achieve more efficient food security is possible, but not necessarily practical or sustainable. These approaches are claimed for for themselves to be a “further development”. In fact, they are not. Because they merely fill a gap or a flawed condition, that has actually evolved within and out of this flawed mind building itself.

Examples of this are the use of genetic technologies to control insect pests in corn cultivation or the active detachment of plant growth from the natural interaction system “soil”. Sometimes such high-tech production systems make sense and create at least a short-term improvement. In the long term, however, they fail and require ever new interventions of compensation.

Failed targets of political agendas for global food security show how difficult it is to work out solutions under the given geopolitical framework and stakeholder interests. This has been impressively demonstrated by the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations.

Food security projects are always part of an overall strategy. They should be aligned in a way, so that their objectives actually represent real advancement and hold sustainability at its core definition.

My offer includes support of R&D projects providing services of general project management, quality management according to ISO 9001:2015, marketing and sales support, workshops, trainings as well as product validation according to scientific standards.