Industrial agriculture has been systematically degrading the human and natural capital on which it relies. Pests, viruses, fungi, bacteria and weeds are adapting to chemical pest management faster than ever. Synthetic fertilizers are destroying the soil biota and its nutrient-recycling potential. Meanwhile, food systems account for 28% of greenhouse gases. A major chunk of the emission is from monocultures.

The risk of farmers losing their livelihood to extreme weather events is at an all time high. But while agriculture is one of the biggest contributors to the climate crisis, it can also be a part of the solution.

In the village of Sto. Domingo in Bukidnon in the Northern Mindanao region of the Philippines, a group of Manobo youth is taking on the mantle of leadership, guiding the way back to traditional indigenous diversified farming methods.

Here is an invitation from them.

About the author of this article
Celine Murillo

Celine has written extensively on conservation and environmental issues. Her work had taken her to remote jungles and wild forests. She’d immersed herself in indigenous cultures, learning how their traditional practices and beliefs impact conservation measures. She spends most of her time documenting wildlife and wild places.

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