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New report: Farming for the Future

Posted Jun. 21, 2016 / Posted by: Kendra Klein and Kari Hamerschlag

Today, Friends of the Earth released a new report, Farming for the Future: Organic and Agroecological Solutions to Feed the World

The report busts three common myths about world hunger and details the science that demonstrates that organic and agroecological farming are fundamental to feeding all people, now and into the future.

Read the executive summary.

Read the full report.

Read Food Tank's article on the report here.

Myths:

  1. We must significantly increase food production to feed the world.
  2. Organic farming cannot produce enough food to feed the world.
  3. Large-scale industrial agriculture is more efficient and sustainable than ecological approaches to farming and provides the technologies and methods we need to feed the world.

Key findings from the report include:

  • Agroecology is the science and practice of sustainable agriculture;
  • Scientists agree: agroecology provides the best tools to sustainably feed the world;
  • Organic and agroecological farming yield more than enough to feed the world;
  • GMOs and pesticides are not required to feed the world;
  • The global, industrial food system accelerates global poverty and hunger;
  • Organic and agroecological farming methods yield more than just crops: they protect public health, regenerate the environment, provide greater resilience to climate change and improve farmer livelihoods;
  • The need for change is urgent: environmental damage of industrial agriculture is pegged at $3 trillion annually by the United Nations FAO;
  • The industrialized food system is pushed by corporate agribusiness interests – it makes corporations rich but impoverishes farmers and communities;
  • Increased funding and policy incentives are needed to support and expand organic and agroecological farming.

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