The United Nations recently released a report on the importance of a shift back to real agriculture. With rising food prices, a lack of sustainable food systems, and a slew of other negative consequences from agribusiness, it’s time for us to take a stand.
The 21-page report states that this can only be done if its “highly productive, highly sustainable, and contributes to a progressive realization of the human right to adequate food.” The report found that the best system to obtain this is by studying and practicing agroecology, the combination of agronomy and ecology (the blending of the relationship between agriculture and the study of living organisms and its surroundings.
To not reinvent the wheel, please read Jill Richardson’s wonderful summary of the report. You can find it here - http://www.alternet.org/story/150158/groundbreaking_new_un_report_on_how_to_feed_the_world%27s_hungry%3A_ditch_corporate-controlled_agriculture/
To see the official report, please visit http://www.srfood.org/images/stories/pdf/officialreports/20110308_a-hrc-16-49_agroecology_en.pdf