Agroecology can feed the world

January 15, 2015

A British Soil Association review found that organics agriculture could feed the world in every single scientific paper published (98 papers from 1999-2007). Jane Goodall cites this study in Seeds of Hope (pg 401)
Source: E. Hewlett and P. Melchett, “Can Organic Agriculture Feed the World? A Review of the Research,” Accessed April 10, 2014, http://www.pigbusiness.co.uk/pdfs/Soil-Association-Can-Organic-feed-the-....
A year later came Agriculture at a Crossroads: International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD), a report developed painstakingly over four years by 400 scientists. It has gained the support of fifty-nine governments, and agencies including World Bank. It urges support for “biological substitutes for industrial chemicals or fossil fuels” and “reducing the dependency of the agricultural sector on fossil fuels.”
Source: International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development, Agriculture at a Crossroads: Summary for Decision Makers of the Global Report, http://www.agassessment.org/reports/IAASTD/EN/Agriculture%20at%20a%20Crossroads_Global%20Report%20(English).pdf.
In 2010 more confirmation of agroecology’s potential arrived from Olivier de Schutter, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. He announced that his research concluded that agroecology could double food production in key deficit regions within a decade.

 

Source: United Nations General Assembly, HRC/16/49, Olivier De Schutter, "Agro-ecology and the Right To Food," 8. Sept. 20, 2010, http://www.srfood.org/images/stories/pdf/officialreports/20110308_a-hrc-...

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