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Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Massive-Scale Agriculture is a Threat to the Climate

Fossil fuels aren't the only threat to the planet.  Modern mass-scale farming methods based on GMOs, monocultures and factory farms are also putting the Earth in jeopardy.  Needless to say, America's media” are studiously ignoring this problem.

But as the linked article says, The UN has been especially persevering in connecting the dots between climate change, agriculture, and food security."

The UN Commission on Trade and Development has released an alarming report titled Trade and Environment Review 2013:  Wake Up Before It Is Too Late.

Basically, organic and small-scale farming will be the only way to keep feeding seven Plus billion people without wrecking the planet.  The report says:  “This implies a rapid and significant shift from conventional, monoculture-based and high-external-input-dependent industrial production toward mosaics of sustainable, regenerative production systems that also considerably improve the productivity of small-scale farmers.”

Unfortunately, the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership and other global trade agreements are pushing in the opposite direction:  More GMOs, more mass-scale industrial farming operations, and corporate profits über alles.

Which way will we go?

(It was a rhetorical question.)


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2 Comments:

Blogger Jerry Critter said...

"Organic and small-scale farming" AND a greatly reduced consumption of animals is needed. Grow food for direct human consumption rather than cycling it throw animals first and then eating what stays in the animal. About 30% of the earth's land mass is used for raising animals for food.

January 7, 2014 at 5:17 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jerry: Thanks for the link. Quite a sobering article, but this is information we all need. 30% of the world's land mass used for raising farm animals? Seven football fields' worth of forests cut down every minute in order to create more farmland? Things are worse than I thought. We definitely need to make some global changes ASAP.

January 8, 2014 at 10:24 AM  

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