agylesock says… My fellow blogger Dinesh Panday is talking good sense. He seeks articles for a special edition of Farming Matters which will be published towards the end of the International Year of Family Farming. When that edition comes out, I’ll want to read it.
We are told of the great advances that have been made in ‘modern’ agriculture in the last 60 years. Yet there are more hungry and malnourished people on our planet today than in the whole history of humanity. The solution, according to many, is to push ever harder to increase and intensify food production using any means at our disposal –more agrochemical inputs, GM crops, and even converting more rainforest to farmland. And while agricultural policies are directed towards cash crops, the income that this generates for rural people rarely covers their food needs.
The world produces more than enough calories to feed everyone, and other important issues are at stake. Social inequity, inequality, inefficiency, waste, environmental degradation and biased global economic policies are but a few. Moreover, feeding the world is not just about ensuring that there are enough calories; the quality…
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