Damián

Continuing to practice conventional farming will only lead to the same pitfalls

ABOUT DAMIÁN

I started working in agriculture and farming when I was 8 years old helping my parents with daily tasks. I would cut the crop, milk the cows, look after the vegetable patches and olive groves and deliver fresh milk to the village. I always felt very close to the farm and I was able to see its evolution from the horse-drawn ploughs and use of manure, all the way to tractors applying glyphosate and urea. Times have changed! Now everything is so much easier. Paradoxically, working in agriculture does not mean one understands Nature. A farmer has now become an applicator of synthetic chemicals and farming is really much more than that! Our segregation from Nature has began a desertification process which we ought to revert. Continuing to practice conventional farming will only lead to the same pitfalls. So our job is to show we can combine human needs with those of Nature.

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