I absolutely agree with you when you say given enough time the soil can recover. That is exactly what is not happening in our country because of over farming of our lands. There are no signs of that stopping any time in the future, given our growing population. Even under the best circumstances, depending on what you are growing, on an average you can harvest three different crops when farming using traditional methods. Controlled Environment Agriculture farms using systems like Hydroponics, Aeroponics and Fogponics can have three to four times the harvests as compared to traditional methods. These methods can help meet the needs of our country’s growing population. CEA farms are also capable of growing a lot more produce per sq ft by stacking our crops vertically, thus by increasing our output without increasing our foot print.
Over farming is leaving our lands barren which is further pushing deforestation which is further pushing climate change. Even this year crops were lost to unseasonal rain. Yes a stepwise plan would have worked for organic farming, but if the climate keeps changing as it already is the soil quality will no longer matter.