Mar 172011

I was happy to see the recent UN report titled “Agroecology and the Right to Food,” mainly because it debunks a common argument of industrial farming promoters. That argument posits that without industrial farming, we could not feed Earth’s population. It would be interesting to conduct a review of published statistics to determine if that is in fact true, because this report implies the opposite.

The report states that in areas of Africa where small-scale sustainable “ecological agriculture” was implemented, average crop yields more than doubled within 10 years. Moreover, it states that sustainable small-scale farming creates jobs and increases crop diversity, promoting better nutrition.

In theory, this sounds like a slam-dunk — but I expect large agribusiness firms will fight it tooth and nail.

Here is the press release as well.