Celebrate Food Diversity

Solution: an eco-farming revolution

Food is taste and nourishment. Food is family and culture. Food is science, identity and religion. Food is connection. But do we know where our food comes from, how it is grown and by whom? The answer is a revolution in ecological farming. Unlike our current broken industrial ag model, eco-farming answers these questions as it is a food system, with people and farmers at its heart.

Eco-farming combines modern science and innovation with respect for nature and biodiversity. It ensures healthy farming and healthy food. It protects the soil, the water and the climate. It does not contaminate the environment with chemical inputs or use genetically engineered crops. And it places people and farmers – consumers and producers, rather than the corporations who control our food now – at its very heart.

It is a vision of sustainability and food sovereignty in which food is grown with health and safety first and where control over food and farming rests with local communities, rather than transnational corporations.

Ecological Farm in Brazil. 5 Dec, 2014 © Peter Caton / Greenpeace

Seven basic principles about eco-farming you should know

  • Food sovereignty – Producers and consumers, not corporations, should control the food chain and determine how food is produced.

  • Rewarding rural livelihoods – Eco-agriculture is instrumental in rural development, food security and fighting poverty.

  • Smarter food production and yields – Eco-agriculture can create higher yields to help feed the world.

  • Biodiversity – Promoting diversity in crops, instead of monocultures like corn and soy, is essential to protecting nature.

  • Sustainable soil – Soil fertility can improve using eco-farming methods and refraining from chemical fertilizers and inputs.

  • Ecological pest protection – Farmers can control pest damage and weeds effectively through natural means instead of chemical pesticides.

  • Food Resilience – Diverse and resilient agriculture, not monoculture crops, is the best way to protect communities from shocks from climate and food prices.

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To read more on Greenpeace's 7 Principles on Ecological Farming, click here.

The latest updates


Say NO to Industrial Agriculture

Background | 25 August, 2015 at 23:17

We should not allow a small group of multinational ag firms decide what farmers plant and what we eat. International food giants like Monsanto, Syngenta, Bunge, Dreyfus, ADM and Cargill dominate virtually every step in the cycle of global food...

More Meat Threatens The Planet

Background | 25 August, 2015 at 22:39

Here is a fact you’ll need to read twice to believe: industrial livestock agriculture - raising cows, pigs and chickens - generates as much greenhouse gas emissions than all cars, trucks and automobiles combined!

12 Things You Can Do

Background | 25 August, 2015 at 22:06

We literally have the power to change the world. When we tell our families and friends why ecological farming makes sense, we start to heal our bodies and the planet. We can make smarter food choices when we shop, cook or go out to eat. When we...

Eating Less Meat, More Plants Helps the Environment

Background | 25 August, 2015 at 20:35

Meat is an important part of heritage and identity. It’s a cultural staple in many communities across the globe. But with a rising middle class, societies are becoming meat obsessed. Nowhere else is this more prevalent than rich nations whose...

Esperanza investigates agrotoxics in the Gulf of California

Blog entry by Maïa Booker | 13 August, 2015 1 comment

The Greenpeace ship Esperanza is currently on the second leg of its tour in the Gulf of California, investigating toxic chemicals associated with agriculture. Last week, activists sent a message to food companies Bimbo, La Costeña, and...

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