Farming for the Future

Farming for the Future:
Organic and Agroecological Solutions to Feed the World

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The science is clear: Feeding the world sustainably requires that we protect the ecological resources that are essential for producing food now and in the future. What’s more, research consistently shows that hunger is not a problem of overall supply of food, but results from poverty, lack of democracy and unequal access to land, water and other resources. Rather than producing more food under unequal and ecologically destructive conditions, the solution to hunger hinges on creating a more sustainable, democratic and fair food system for all.

 

 
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Presentations

Learn from top scientists and thought leaders on the science of sustainable food production and a comprehensive approach to creating a healthy, resilient food system to feed all people, now and into the future.

Kendra Klein, PhD, Staff Scientist, Friends of the Earth
Can Organic Feed the World

Frances Moore Lappé, Cofounder & Director, Small Planet Institute
The Art of Creating Scarcity From Plenty

Lauren Ponisio, PhD, UC Riverside
How do Yields from Organic and Conventional Farming Systems Compare?

John Reganold, PhD, Professor of Soil Science and Agroecology, Washington State University
Beyond Yield: The Multiple Benefits of Organic Agriculture

Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, PhD, Senior Scientist, Pesticide Action Network
Agroecology Works: Towards Resilient Food and Farming Systems

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Independent experts around the world agree: Business as usual is not an option — agroecology is the future of farming.

From Uniformity to Diversity

International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES) report by Emile A. Frison, 2016

Key findings: Multiple negative outcomes of the existing food system stem from industrial agriculture: “the input-intensive crop monocultures and industrial‐scale feedlots that now dominate farming landscapes.” These systems are “locked in” due to entrenched political-economic power of food industries and instead of “tweaking practices,” a “fundamentally different model of agriculture” is needed, i.e. “diversified agroecological systems.”

World Hunger: 10 Myths

By Francis Moore Lappé and Joseph Collins, 2016

Key findings: Hunger is not the result of inadequate amounts of food or human overpopulation, but rather stems from poverty and inequalities of political and economic power. Large farms, expanded markets and free trade won’t help solve world hunger, but will likely make it worse.

Wake Up Before It Is Too Late

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development report, 2013

Key findings: Hunger is not a supply-side productivity problem and “meeting food security challenges is primarily about empowerment of the poor.” A shift is needed “from a conventional, monoculture-based and high-external-input-dependent industrial production towards mosaics of sustainable, regenerative production systems that also considerably improve the productivity of small-scale farmers.”

Report on Agroecology

Olivier De Schutter, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, 2010

Key findings: “Agroecology, if sufficiently supported, can double food production in entire regions within 10 years while mitigating climate change and alleviating rural poverty.” State support for scaling up agroecology is crucial in both developed and developing countries and should focus on small-scale farmers, their organizations and the innovative agroecological practices they can develop alongside scientists.

Agriculture at a Crossroads Global Report

International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science, and Technology for Development (IAASTD) report, 2009

Key findings: “Business as usual is not an option” to reach goals of environmental protection and hunger reduction. Small-scale agriculture and traditional ecological knowledge of farmers and indigenous people are as — if not more — important to a future food system than genetic engineering and capital-intensive forms of agriculture.