Monday, August 1, 2011

An article from the Times of Zambia

I post on the blog frequently about organic agriculture's implementation abroad, especially in developing countries.  Yet another article about organic agriculture’s role in farming reform and climate adaptation in Zambia should draw our attention to organic as more than an alternative form of agriculture, but as the way best suited for the future.  In the United States, because organic produce is generally more expensive it is perceived more as a luxury for the wealthy, or something for vegans and Toyota Prius drivers.  But, in many other places, organic is becoming the solution to some huge obstacles in food production which entire countries, regions and continents are facing. 
This article, by Jessie Ngoma-Simengwa, mentions the threat that climate change poses to developing countries, and the fact that agricultural activities have large carbon footprints thereby contributing to climate change causing green house gas emissions.  While the Green Revolution refocused food production on crop yields, the issue is becoming long-term sustained production and productivity. With organic agriculture being the method encouraged to guarantee continued food production and climate resilience, there should be more incentive to grow this way in the United States (look at the ongoing droughts in America's southern regions).  Additionally, the research completed and techniques mastered in the United States can be shared with these vulnerable regions and are likely to be more helpful and effective than plain food aid.

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