This is our presentation at the 9th World Conference on Ecological Restoration.

Conventional agriculture is one of the biggest threats to ecosystems and therefore to the survival of mankind.

The conventional food production system we rely on today has set off a cascade of interrelated problems. The most prominent marker of its consequences is the erosion of soils on a large scale: in 2014, the United Nations estimated that we are left with less than 60 harvesting cycles until all valuable topsoil is gone if we continue as we do at the moment.

Erosion is one of the most striking consequences of the practices of conventional agriculture. Nature’s remedy are plants that we ironically call "weeds". These can grow where other plants can’t: they draw nutrients from the depth of the soil to the surface and as they die, they make them available to more delicate plants. The answer of conventional agriculture, however, is to poison them with ever stronger herbicides, setting off the vicious cycle illustrated above.

Thus, the above-mentioned problem of soil loss is systemic in nature, which means that it is embedded in a whole set of other interconnected problems that can be summed up as ‘environmental degradation’. This leads to the loss of eco-services as basic and essential as clean air, clean water, soil fertility, climate stability and recreation.

Trying to solve these problems individually is an uphill battle which we are currently about to lose. As the above illustration shows, we have to solve the root problems, such as lack of education, poverty and population growth: this is the starting point to turn the vicious cycle we created into the virtuous cycle through which nature has been sustaining herself for almost four billion years.

We are working with our community, the government, and NGOs on making agriculture sustainable.

Ministry of the Environment and Energy

We work with national and local representatives of Costa Rica’s Ministry of the Environment and Energy.

Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock

We work with national and local representatives of Costa Rica’s Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock.

Society for Ecological Restoration

Alexander Tinti was a guest speaker at the globally active Society for Ecological Restoration.

Osa Conservation

Osa Conservation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the biodiversity of the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica.

National Parks Foundation

The National Parks Foundation is the Costa Rica’s biggest organization protecting and developing wildlife areas.


We are member of Restor, a data-science-driven network of restoration experts globally.