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Feed the World Sustainably with Agroecology, Not Industrial Agriculture [Infographic]

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    “It’s not a surprise that our current, universally acknowledged practice of industrial farming isn’t the best for our world. Currently, there are 1 billion people in the world today who are hungry, with another billion over eating unhealthy foods.” - Christensen Fund

    Lack of food for people in poor or rural areas. Overproduction of corn and its contribution to waste and poorer food quality. Environmental harms caused by industrial farming that wreak havoc on our soil and water sources. It is clear that we need to start looking for a more holistic and sustainable approach to feed our world without destroying it.

    Agroecology looks to minimize the damaging effects of industrial farming by working within the natural ecosystem

    With the way things are currently, our industrial system contributes to one-third of global greenhouse emissions, and is a tremendous user and polluter of our world’s water resources. Agroecology looks to minimize the damaging effects of industrial farming by working within the natural ecosystem to create more diverse food systems that are more resilient in the face of climate change, and improves a farmers’ ability of respond to it. It isn’t based upon one farming technique over another, or does it unanimously oppose the use of technology. Instead, it assess how, when, and if technology can be used in conjunction with natural, social and human assets.

    It looks past mass production, and a “one way fits all approach” to modern farming. It looks at what’s right to do for a space within its given context. This site specific approach of studying agroecosystem’s recognizes that there is no formula or recipe for the success and maximum well-being of an agroecosystem.

    This process looks to involve people on a local level. People in local communities will be apart of the growing process from seed to mouth, which can reduce rural poverty, strengthen local economy, and support women. Agroecology preserves soil and water through terracing, contour farming, and agroforestry. It reintegrates livestock, crops, pollinators, fish, trees, and water for integrated nutrient and pest management; the whole system embraces complex forms of land stewardship from soil to the sky, to better care for the environment and our world.

    This infographic by the Christensen Fund, was originally publshed on Worldwatch Insitute’s blog, “Nourishing the planet“..

    via: Christensen Fund