Agroecology: UN Report promotes sustainable, organic farming

A new report commissioned by the UN’s Human Rights Commission, supports the use of organic techniques for food growing in the poorest countries of the world, and expects to double food output as a result.

The term they use is agroecology which combines soil conservation techniques (such as  tree planting), use of legumes as part of crop rotation instead of inorganic fertilizers, and the use of companion planting and biodiversity to reduce pests: all well established organic techniques.

The report is based on multiple case-studies in the target countries, and aims to provide them with resilience in the face of the threats of climate-change, population growth, and increasing oil prices.

It’s often said by supporters of industrial farming that the world needs to increase food output by 70%, and that the only way of doing this is by industrial farming and GM crops; this report destroys that myth, and shows that the way forward is through sustainable, organic farming.

Read the report: Report: Agroecology and the right to food

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