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The Devastation of Grasslands and Its Impact on the Soil, Environment… and Your Health
A great percentage of the land in North America has been forests and grasslands for a very long time. They are the key life source to sustainability, and are essential in sustaining soil health. Having a wealth of grasslands provides our ecosystem with sufficient clean water, helps prevent floods, and promotes the natural production of food crops and meats.
Grasslands are also essential to carbon sequestration, which is crucial to soil health. Carbon, dubbed “the building block of life,” is the element upon which the health or nutrition of high-quality food depends on.
But here’s the devastating truth: only five percent of the original prairie in the United States remains intact today. What’s more, a study conducted by South Dakota State University researchers, found that grasslands in the Western corn belt, which includes Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Iowa, and Nebraska, are now disappearing at a staggering rate, as they are being converted to corn and soy fields.
In fact, the loss of these essential grassy areas is so great that it can actually be compared to the deforestation rates in Brazil, Indonesia, and Malaysia.
The Major Culprit Behind The Loss of Grasslands: GMOs
The cultivation of genetically engineered soy and corn is the primary reason why we are losing our grasslands. Nearly two million acres of friendly native grasses have been lost to these GE crops, just between 2006 and 2011. These are the same offenders that are driving the chronic disease rates upwards.
This practice of growing a single GMO crop year after year on the same land, known as monoculture or monocropping, is slowly but surely devastating the ecosystem, because it:
- Destroys biodiversity
- Depletes and reduces the soil’s nutrients, which damages soil ecology
- Produces an unbuffered niche for parasitic species to take over, which causes crops to become more vulnerable to opportunistic pathogens that can quickly eradicate an entire crop
- Leads to an increased dependency on chemical pesticides, antibiotics, fertilizers, and GMOs
This modern agriculture practice is not only unsustainable in the long-term, which may lead to a significant decline in yields, but can also contribute to the total destruction of our lands – and Mother Nature as a whole.
Stop the Desecration of Grasslands: Read This Infographic Now
Grasslands and prairies are among the most important ecosystems on the planet, as they contain disproportionately high numbers of plant and animal species. However, they are now one of the world's most imperiled ecosystems, and once destroyed, they are virtually impossible to bring back.
It is time to educate yourself on the importance of grasslands. Check out my infographic Why Grasslands Are Important, and find out important grassland facts, such as:
- How the carbon cycle works and the role that grasslands play in this important process
- Why modern agricultural processes are detrimental to grasslands and the carbon cycle
- Other factors that contribute to the disappearance of grasslands
- How conventional agricultural practices are damaging not only the Earth’s soil, but waterways as well
- The link between the destruction of grasslands and the nutritional quality of our food, and how it cripples your health
Plus, you’ll learn simple but useful strategies you can do to help save grasslands and preserve Mother Nature.
I believe that raising awareness about this issue is one of the best solutions to the impending problem of the loss of our grasslands. I urge you to embed this on your website or share it with your family and friends. By spreading the word about this issue, we can all act together and save our grasslands… before it’s too late.