Basque farmer, former Food First board member, and Via Campesina leader talks about the role of small diversified farmers in stabilizing climate.
Protecting Peasants’ Seeds and Implementing Peasant Agriculture as an Answer to the Food, Biodiversity and Climate Crises
Press Release – La Via Campesina
Saturday, March 12, 2011
GENEVA, 8 March 2011 – Small-scale farmers can double food production within 10 years in critical regions by using ecological methods, a new UN report* shows. Based on an extensive review of the recent scientific literature, the study calls for a fundamental shift towards agroecology as a way to boost food production and improve the situation of the poorest.
By Cait Van Damm
A radical policy to support local, organic agriculture in rural Iowa arose out of hard times. "Without modification of federal farm policy, the picture of rural America will be bleaker and beyond repair in the very near future," said Robert Marqusee, Director of Rural Economic Development in Woodbury County.
In her interview Rodale Chairman and CEO Maria Rodale, granddaughter of J I, gives her frank, research-based opinion about the far-reaching effects of chemicals and pesticides so prevalent in our lives today. Generations ago chemicals and pesticides were unheard of but as science progressed so did the notion of “better living through chemicals”.
Food First's executive director, Eric Holt-Giménez participated in drafting this report funded by The Development Fund (Norway) and produced in cooperation with other organizations.
The question considered is What kind of food production can
- drastically reduce poverty,
- reduce climate change and cool the planet,
- restore biodiversity, soil fertility and water resources,
- improve livelihoods and provide employment for billions of people,
- produce enough, good and nutritious food for 9 billion people or more…?