By: Christina Sarich
Published: Nation of Change, May 30, 2013
 

Photo Credit: FarmStart

If you’ve already been through an economic collapse, you might know a thing or two about how to feed your family with little money. More importantly, you might know how to do it without pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and GMO seed. On a total of about 20 million acres managed by over 35 million Russian families, Russians are carrying on an old-world technique, which we Americans might learn from. They are growing their own organic crops – and it’s working.According to some statistics, they grow 92% of the entire countries’ potatoes, 77% of its vegetables, 87% of its fruit, and feed 71% of the entire population from privately owned, organic farms or house gardens all across the country. These aren’t huge Agro-farms run by pharmaceutical companies; these are small family farms and less-than-an-acre gardens.

A recent report from Agro-ecology and the Right to Food says that organic and sustainable small-scale farming could double food production in the parts of the world where hunger is the biggest issue. Within five to 10 years we could see a big jump in crop cultivation. It could also take the teeth out of GMO business in the US.

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One Response to The Russians prove small scale organic can feed the world

  1. Julie Fraga says:

    If the Russians can do it, I can’t see a reason why the rest of the world can’t. It is a very simple but effective approach anyway. Hope the rest of the world will follow to maintain a healthy food consumption rather than just going after the profits.

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