Thursday, June 01, 2017

Changing Farming

WE NEED WORLD SOCIALISM
The United Nations warned that massive agriculture intensification is contributing to increased deforestation, water scarcity, soil depletion and the level of greenhouse gas emission.

FAO director-general, José Graziano da Silva, stressed that while high-input and resource intensive farming systems have substantially increased food production, this has come at a high cost to the environment. To achieve sustainable development we must transform current agriculture and food systems, including by supporting smallholders and family farmers, reducing pesticide and chemical use, and improving land conservation practices.

Today, it is fundamental not only to increase production, but to do it in a way that does not damage the environment. Nourishing people must go hand in hand with nurturing the planet,” he said. "...“Today the world produces enough to feed the global population, but about one-third of this food is either lost or wasted, while at the same time there is also a waste of natural resources such as land and water.”

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