The time is ripe for us to go
back to natural agriculture or natural farming. Vermicast (worm manure) for example is a real scientific
and a real-world solution, and a natural
alternative to synthetic fertilizer.
Vermicast is one of the best approaches to save farming in the
Philippines and elsewhere. It is a
concrete way to break free from the pestiferous addiction to artificial and
In farming, the most important thing is the long-term health
of the soil. If and when soil is naturally
and carefully kept and maintained without contamination, then the diversity and
quality of the yields or produce is safer
for health, good for nutrition and good for the environment.
For example, the introduction of synthetic chemicals in
the Philippines in the 1970's was pressured by powerful agro-chemical companies. The push for using synthetic chemicals was to
increase output for exports and to meet the demands of the growing
population. Now are experiencing the
negative payback. Philippine farming is now at a deplorable level of horrendous
environmental damage. The long-term
damage includes soil erosion caused by chemical-reliant farming practices.
Organic farming methods for high value crops is dying in
the Philippines. Tragically, it is now near impossible for short-term financial
reasons to restore organic farming, especially for highly value crops for
export. We need to think long-term and
apply natural solutions.
Because of the influx, pressures and adroit operations of
the massive chemically-based intensive farming methods in the last 60 years in
the Philippines, the few remaining local, native and indigenous food plants,
including wild yam, are now in the process of becoming man-made extinct. And
there seems to be no preventive methods or efforts on the part of the
Government or international agencies to save indigenous native food plants from
Coconut plant trees, which are common in the Philippines,
has become hybridized and modified. Banana varieties are also being modified
and hybridized. Are hybridized humans in our future too?
Once native seeds and indigenous native food plants have
been altered, genetically modified, hybridized and bio-engineered, the original
species will be gone forever. It is analogous to privatization and the
selling-off of national assets.
Real development in farming should be done by the natural
and moral ideals of ecological protection, conservation biodiversity and
natural habitat for all humans, animals and other creatures. That is the only way to sustainable and
economic security for present and future generations.
We are all stewards of all God's creation and we are
morally responsible to care for our earth habitat just as we care for our
souls. To quote The Most Rev. Bishop
Sanchez Sorondo, the Chancellor of the Vatican's Pontifical Academy of
"The challenge of climate change has become not only
economic, political, or social. It is also an issue of morals, religion, values
such as justice and social inclusion. The obligation of solidarity with future
generations and the moral obligation to care for the Earth, namely creation
which is our habitat."
I am a campaigner for organic farming and planning with my family to do our small, but significant part by way of the organic farming project here in the Philippines. By writing articles I hope to awaken the people to their spiritual callings of this day.