By Trudy White, Iris
One would expect that any irrigation or soil improvement strategy being developed for our Island would be grounded in the most current scientific knowledge on soil health and would address the very serious issues of declining soil biodiversity and pesticides in soil, water, and sediment. Yet this irrigation strategy discussion document does not even mention the words biodiversity or pesticides.
Science clearly tells us that protecting and restoring soil biodiversity is critical for soil regeneration and resilience and also for sustaining our water cycle. But the document fails to mention “increasing biodiversity” even in its sections about Improved Environmental Benefits or Soil Health.Continue reading “Agroecology as a Basis for Irrigation Strategy”