Could the Agricultural Solution to Rapid Climate Change Begin in Jamaica
Farm Up Jamaica, a nonprofit, is using Organic Climate-Smart Agriculture; a much more natural method of farming to make a worldwide impact. The organization’s first mission is to help reduce Jamaica’s imports and educate youth farmers in Organic Agriculture, which would help to reduce crime and poverty within the country. Their research and development in the field have driven them to become a proponent for the reduction of rapid climate change and slow down the release of carbon into our atmosphere. This United States 501(c)(3) Charity Organization is focused on inviting Jamaican diaspora (Jamaicans who live outside of Jamaica) to reconnect to their communities through family-owned idle lands and begin a new culture of Organic Climate-Smart Agriculture. This effort aims to reduce importation, increase food exports, agri-entrepreneurship, and reduce crime while caring for the environment. Healthier soil creates a healthier atmosphere, the organization believes that soil health is a key contributing factor to the long-term reduction of unhealthy greenhouse gases. This would mean that the techniques being used to manage crops would include more hands-on attention and care, but would also increase jobs for young people trying to start a career as an entrepreneur. “Climate change is inevitable, but the speed of it is changeable. We are on a mission to slow down the release of carbon-emitting from the soil,” says founder of Farm Up Jamaica, Neil Curtis. There are currently 3.3 million Jamaicans living outside of their home country. Farm Up Jamaica is inviting all Jamaican landowners and anyone in the world who may be interested in combating climate change to join the movement. The organization suggests that by contributing to this cause and spreading the word, together we will help scale a model that can slow down climate change and create more opportunities for economic growth. “Jamaica can be a starting point for a larger, replicable climate reduction model,” says Dr. Sylvia Mitchell, Lecturer and Head of Medicinal Plant Research at The University of The West Indies (UWI). Farm Up Jamaica Ltd. has partnered with notable organizations such as Marley Natural and doTERRA Essential Oils, who have joined this movement to protect the environment while creating sustainable livelihoods for people who need it most. Visit www.farmupjamaica.org to learn more about how you can contribute to this earth sustaining mission. ### If you would like more information on this topic, please contact Harold Franco: (516) 376-1626, or email [email protected] Source: Farm Up Jamaica Ltd.