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Agroecology – A Potentially World-Saving Concept

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In his recent article “How to Feed the World” on the World Policy Blog,  Alvaro Rodriguez notes that our current industrial food system is failing to feed the world.

Today roughly 15 percent of the world’s population, some 1 billion people, goes hungry. At the same time, fertilizer overuse remains a major cause of environmental degradation. The dominant agricultural production model also wastes an astounding amount of food.  According to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), over a third of all food produced gets lost in present production and consumption systems.  With our world’s population projected to grow to 10 billion people by 2050, feeding the world is not going to get any easier. Industrial agriculture fails to provide safe and abundant food production and damages the environment, putting long-term food production at risk.

He believes the answer can be found in groups like  the Zimbabwe Small Holder Organic Farmer’s Forum, a national organization committed to the promotion of a small but potentially world-changing concept called “agroecology.”

Agroecology applies ecological science to the design of agricultural systems. It uses recycled biomass to create favorable soil conditions, minimize losses of resources, and manage organic matter. It also emphasizes the importance of having diverse crop species. It is a comprehensive approach that considers the interactions of important biophysical, technical, and socioeconomic components of farming systems.

 

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Author: Daniela

I was born in Croatia, at that time Yugoslavia. My family moved to the US when I was very young, but I still treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," my grandmother shopping early every morning, at the open air market, to buy the freshest vegetables for the day's meals, and the traditions that were the underpinnings of our society. Someone once noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world; one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

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