International Assessment Agriculture Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development
initiated by the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and conducted by 400 scientists over a period of three years.
The Assessment concludes that, while certain agricultural technologies have contributed to substantial productivity increases in the past, these same technologies - such as pesticides and fertilisers - now threaten the social and environmental sustainability of agriculture.
"An emphasis on production to the exclusion of humans and the environment is a recipe for disaster. The conclusion of hundreds of scientists from around the world is that the future of agriculture is based on ecological farming," said Marco Contiero, Greenpeace Policy Director. ."
"In order to address the food crisis not just in the short term, G8 governments must follow the advice of the UN Agriculture Assessment - dramatically increasing their investments in smallholder ecological farming systems, while putting an end to subsidies that promote unsustainable industrial agriculture
Scientists Find Organic Agriculture Can Feed the World
refute common misconceptions about organic agriculture
Organic yields beat conventional
More than enough organic food to feed the world
More than enough nitrate through biological nitrogen fixation
The largest gains from organic agriculture arise from the savings on the damages to public health and the environment, estimated at more than US $59.6 billion a year in the United States [6, 8] ( Organic Agriculture Enters Mainstream , Organic Yields on Par with Conventional & Ahead during Drought Years , SiS 28).
Thorough and radical overhaul of present international and national agricultural policies. Governments are urged to actively create the transition to sustainable ecological farming systems through:
Prioritizing the resource needs and knowledge of the world’s small-scale ecological farmers.
Supporting ecological or organic farming systems with public research and investment monies
Supporting the multiple ecological functions of agriculture through policies that value and protect ecosystem services
Addressing climate change through the agriculture sector with support for ecological farming.
the inter-related principles of
the right to food .
Why Organic should and Whether it can feed the WORLD