During this trip, Sadhguru aims to speak to leaders, citizens and stakeholders from 27 nations, and urges them to develop urgent and actionable policies to save the soil. However, before all that, the spiritual leader made a pit stop for comedian Trevor Noah — called “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” — to discuss why he took on the initiative.
Noah started the conversation off in a rather serious tone and said, “I woke up today much more unhappy than yesterday because I had to do all the research for our interview. I knew about the war against Russia, and I knew that we were facing a climate crisis, and now thanks to you, I also know that we are facing a soil crisis, in which people feel that if we do nothing , we may not be able to grow anything in 50 years, because we may run out of land. Pardon my ignorance, but I didn’t realize that the floor was something we could even miss.
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Returning to Noah, the 65-year-old mystic said, “Over the last 50 to 100 years, due to industrialized agriculture, the organic content of the soil has become depleted because there is no replenishment. To replenish the soil, we need either leaves or plant matter, or animal droppings. Both of these things disappeared from farms because we thought we could do anything with machines – they can plow and they can do the work that animals and humans used to do. However, the organic content cannot come from the machine… If you remove the organic content from the soil, it becomes sand. So right now desertification is one of the major issues.
The spiritual leader said that as a result of this desertification, in 50 years there will be no more land to cultivate. However, he added that a more terrifying future prediction is that by 2035 or 2040 we will be growing 40% less food than what we are growing now, and our population will exceed 9 billion. “It’s not a world you want to live in or leave your kids behind,” he said.
Apart from the food crisis, soil death will also lead to water scarcity, loss of biodiversity, climate change, loss of livelihoods and lead to conflict and migration, says Sadhguru’s webpage on the movement ” Save Soil”. The suggested solution for reversing the state of the soil is to “return at least 3-6% organic content to the soil, by shading the soil from vegetation and enriching the soil with plant litter and waste animals”.
According to Sadhguru, isolated individual actions would no longer be of much help, and therefore, he embarked on the journey to interact with citizens and leaders of about 27 nations, and raise awareness about this issue. Sadhguru has already met with world leaders over the past 8 months to convince them to pay attention to this difficult situation which will strongly affect humans in the future, and also drafted policy recommendations for them.