Netflix Documentary: Kiss The Ground

I found this documentary an insightful watch. At first, it was all doom and gloom, the way people are farming at the moment, tilling the land and leaving bare soil is unearthing the carbon dioxide stored in it, and the practice of using pesticides on crops is causing desertification on a massive scale across the world. But then, the documentary talked about how the regeneration of the soil and farmland across the globe is easy, more cost-effective, and can help cut down carbon dioxide emissions at an amazing rate. One plan laid out by France’s minister for agriculture hopes to use regenerative agriculture to eventually take out the same amount of co2 for the air as we put into it per year. If the UK were to put more money and effort into practising regenerative agriculture, it would help hugely as food and farming account for 1/5 of our carbon footprint.
Another focus of the documentary is how holistic grazing of cows (which is where cattle are allowed to graze naturally in different but small areas of land each day) is a much better option than mass farming and prevents the need to grow crops of just animal feed. Although this is not a solution or a sign that a meat-based diet is okay to have, it does mean that we may still be able to have meat (if only on special occasions) in our diet without it contributing massively to global warming.
The last thing the documentary talked about was composting and how using all of our food waste to make compost on a massive scale can help turn our waste into something that farmers and gardeners can use and something that can take in CO2 instead of going to landfill. In the end, I felt hopeful that we could do something about global warming and filled with ideas for my garden and how to make it more circular and regenerative. My family already has a hot bin where we put all of our food waste, which gets turned into rich compost that I then use of my vegetable patch, which means the only rubbish we put in our non-recycling is plastic.
This documentary shed light on how we need to rethink where our food comes from and how it is produced. In my final piece, I want to use what we did in the grown textile workshop and what I have learnt from this documentary about agriculture and food consumption and translate it into a wearable garden, using microgreens such as cabbage, peas and broccoli grown on a sustainable, natural material that can then be composted, or regrown with different plants or patterns.

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