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UN Confirms Small Scale Farming Can Feed The World

UN Confirms Small Scale Farming Can Feed The World
by Theodora Filis

A new report from the U.N. calls for changes in agriculture. The new report includes contributions from more than 60 experts from around the world. Warning us that we need to change and transform our agriculture, food, and trade systems so we can start to increase diversity on farms, cut back on fertilizers and support small-scale farming.

Global security and rising conflicts are noted causes in an urgent need to transform our farming methods. The report refers to this as "ecological intensification", and goes on to say, "This implies a rapid and significant shift from conventional, monoculture-based and high-external-input-dependent industrial production toward mosaics of sustainable, regenerative production systems that also considerably improve the productivity of small-scale farming.
Eco-Farming Can Feed The World

Key indicators reported by the U.N. for transformation in farming techniques are:

  • Increased soil carbon and better integration.
  • Greenhouse gas reductions.
  • Organic and inorganic fertilizer use optimization.
  • Cut food chain waste.
  • Climate-friendly food consumption.
These findings and suggestions differ greatly from the new free trade agreements, which include the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the US-EU Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) which is designed to strengthen the hold of large corporations and finance companies on the global economy.
The International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science, and Technology for Development came to a similar conclusion.
In their report from 2007, the International Assesment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science, and Technology for Development (IAASTD) received contributions from over 100 countries and concluded that "Business, as Usual, is Not an Option", and called for an urgent move toward "agroecological approaches". In their report, they stressed the urgency for "food security and climate resilience."

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