“But ecological agriculture can’t possibly feed the world!” This is of the most common myths we hear from proponents of big-agriculture in an attempt to dismiss the kind of ecological agriculture that FarmStart works to support. Despite studies proving that organic production methods result in comparable or better yields over the long term, some still cling to their belief that we need chemical inputs and genetic modification to feed the world.
The recent State of the World Report from the Worldwatch Institute makes the case that the key to alleviating world hunger, poverty and combating climate change may lie in fresh, small-scale approaches to agriculture. The report calls for a move away from industrial agriculture and discusses small-scale initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa that work towards poverty and hunger relief in an environmentally sustainable way.
For more about the State of the World report, see the article in the Guardian.
In addition, another report released this month says that ecological farming could double food production in entire regions within 10 years while mitigating climate change. This from Olivier De Schutter, U.N. Special Rapporteur on the right to food, in his annual report focusing on agro-ecology and the right to food to the U.N. Human Rights Council.
For more about the report, visit the IPS website.