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  •  How about a conversation to move our (4+ / 0-)

    food production and much of our land (that isn't set aside as nature reserves, natural parks, ie- protected landscapes) over to agroecology and agroforestry?

    The UN estimates, based on research, that we can see up to a doubling of production, we can regenerate much of the land we have abused, the use of chemicals drops down to nothing, carbon is sequestered in vast quantities, biodiversity is increased, hydrological cycles can be fixed, health goes up, poverty goes down, and everyone wins.

    Lots of people are on board with agroecology and agroforestry, but it is routinely ignored.

    I had yet another diary up on the subject, it was queued for the community spotlight but was removed from the queue without explanation. Perhaps someone rescued it and then another came along and said it wasn't worth it. Who knows.

    “To feed 9 billion people in 2050, we urgently need to adopt the most efficient farming techniques available,” says Olivier De Schutter, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food and author of the report, entitled “Agro-ecology and the right to food.”

    “Today’s scientific evidence demonstrates that agroecological methods outperform the use of chemical fertilizers in boosting food production where the hungry live – especially in unfavourable environments,” he added.

    [...]

    “However, despite its impressive potential in realizing the right to food for all, agroecology is still insufficiently backed by ambitious public policies and consequently hardly goes beyond the experimental stage,” he points out. [emphasis added]

    "UN expert makes case for ecological farming practices to boost food production, " UN News Centre, 8 March 2011

    Why aren't progressives talking about this? Use your favorite search engine and type in "agroecology" and "agroforestry" and compare with how many hits return for articles constantly reminding us how we are doomed.

    I thought progressives cared about solutions that work, solutions that don't require big money- but rather education. Just about everything that can be accomplished through agroecology frees people from their dependence on the huge agrobusinesses. Just about everything can be done with education.

    And yet, crickets from the progressive crowd for years on end.

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