March 08, 2017
The argument for the extreme overuse of agrichemicals in global industrial farming is that supposedly without the advances made by Monsanto and other chemical giants, the world would starve.
We "need" products like glyphosate, terminator seeds and genetically modified foods to feed so many people, they say, but this is really nothing more than a popular myth, pushed on the public as part of a marketing effort to convince people who thousands of years of organic agricultural history is outdated and inadequate for the times we live in today.
The contemporary industrial model has many problems associated with it, including the,
...and the as of yet unknown long-term effects of tinkering with plant genetics.
According to a new report (Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food) by the United Nations (UN), continuing to adhere to this model of agriculture is guaranteed to bring about catastrophic consequences, and that organic farming is in fact the best way to feed an ever-growing world.
Pollution and food experts at the UN are highly critical of global corporations which manufacture pesticides while actively seeking to change the model of farming in favor of dependency on corporations for the success of crops.
Particularly telling in the UN's condemnation of modern agribusiness, is the fact that Baskut Tuncak, the UN's special rapporteur on toxics, and co-author of the report, issued a call for more sustainable, eco-friendly farming practices.
There really is no way that the world's fragile eco-systems can survive the never-ending inundation of harmful chemicals, and this is now becoming apparent to even some of the world's governing bodies, offering hope that times may be changing.
Small-scale organic farming is a much more efficient and productive means of feeding local populations, while also resolving the need for food to be shipped around the world using fossil fuels.
Russia is revered by many for it's broad implementation of the simple practices of local organic farming, and many pioneers of permaculture and modern organic farming techniques are already taking natural food production to the next level.
And with technology at our side,
...are becoming much more efficient and accessible.
The truth is that we do not need the wholesale overuse of agrichemicals to feed the world.
To the contrary, the ecological damage being caused by these practices may be our actual demise, as bees and other pollinator insects are becoming extinct in our cover-polluted world.