FOOD ISSUES IN THE PHILIPPINES
• The Philippines is largely an agricultural
• Agriculture and agribusiness constitute the
backbone of Philippine economy.
• Food scarcity and lack of access to food in
adequate quantities and of nutritional
value are widespread.
• Agribusiness accounts for 71% of the
country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
while primary agriculture and fisheries
contribute about 21%.
• Despite the seeming agricultural
abundance, the Philippines is locked in a
chronic food crisis and food security is
Benefits of Urban Agriculture
• Sense of fulfillment for producing the food
that they eat
• Transformed sensitivity at their environment
as it will now mean a source of what
they eat to nourish their body
• Sense of being well as their undefined
restlessness will find assuring calm in
tending gardens that produce food they need.
• Desire to grow more and raise more food as
they seem tastier and more nutritious aside
from the fact that they are safe from toxic
• Changed regard to discarded materials, refuse,
rains, sunlight, air, soil, and degradable wastes
to something that can be used beneficially for
production of the food that can be readily
brought to the dining table without much
Principles of Organic Agriculture
• The Principle of Health - Organic Agriculture
should sustain and enhance the health of soil,
plant, animal and human as one and
• The Principle of Ecology - Organic Agriculture
should be based on living ecological systems
and cycles, work with them, emulate them
and help sustain them.
• The Principle of Fairness - Organic Agriculture
should build on relationships that ensure
fairness with regard to the common
environment and life opportunities.
• The Principle of Care - Organic Agriculture
should be managed in a precautionary and
responsible manner to protect the health and
well being of current and future generations
and the environment.