December 2, 2014   |   Jonathan Schoenfeld
December 1, 2014
(TheAntiMedia) Pollution, starvation, poverty, deforestation; there are so many troubles in this world. Many people are trying to do their part to promote sustainable lifestyles, but it seems like the same problems are getting worse. Wouldn’t it be amazing if there was something that could solve many of these issues all at the same time? Well, according to the United Nations, there is — and the answer is in our food!
Apparently sustainable, local, organic farming is far more efficient economically, environmentally, and produces more food. If calculated properly about half of all greenhouse emissions can be attributed to industrialized farming. Industrialized farming’s utilization of waste management, transportation, and deforestation can attribute between 32-44 percent of all greenhouse gasses. Localized farming can reduce these amounts to sustainable levels, while producing more food with higher nutrition. We’ve covered this topic in depth in a previous article titled “Contrary to Popular Belief, Monsanto is Not Ending or Reducing World Hunger” which you can view here.
“Small farms predominate in the world today. Of the 1.6 billion ha (1 hectare = 2.47 acres) of global croplands, 800 million ha are smallholder farms cultivated by 99% of the 2.6 billion farmers; most of the farms are 2 ha or less. Together, smallholder farmers produce 70 % of the food consumed , and 70 % of these farmers are women. Small farms are known to be 2 to 10 times as productive as large industrial farms, and much more profitable, not just in the developing world, but also in the developed world… The solution for food security under climate change is a radical transformation of the agriculture and food system that would at the same time eliminate poverty, gender inequality, poor health and malnutrition.”
Despite propaganda that the goal of monster farm industries is to solve world hunger, the real solution lies in self sufficient local farms. Local farms produce more income and food while supporting agriculture and natural biodiversity. It has environmental benefits that include eliminating harmful runoff and pesticides, reducing greenhouse emissions and deforestation, improving water retention, and resilience to climate extremes such as drought and floods.
Diverse horticulture farms are more adapt to withstanding environmental impacts than monoculture farms:
“40 days after Hurricane Ike hit the country in 2008, a farm survey in the provinces of Holguin and Las Tunas found that diversified farms suffered losses of 50 % compared to 90 or 100 % in neighbouring monoculture farms. In addition, agroecologically managed farms showed faster recovery of productivity (80–90 % 40 days after the hurricane) than monoculture farms.”
Localized organic farms seem to have no weakness other than still having to compete with industrialized farming and massive government subsidies. Support local farmers markets and practice your own farming. It doesn’t take much effort and it has tremendous benefits individually and globally. If the UN has it’s say in the matter everyone will reap the benefits of localized farming. Check out the video below with Brussel brand and Helena Norberg-Hodge analyzing this topic.
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