Sustainable Agriculture Issues & Threats

Feeding the world’s growing population is no small challenge. But the false solutions pushed by big industrial farming corporations—GMOs and toxic pesticides, to name a few—come at steep costs for the environment and human health.

Organic Rice Art Ratchaburi

Mrs. Samnieng Huadlim, a Thai farmer, is preparing organic rice seedlings to be used for a specially-designated Greenpeace organic rice field.

© Greenpeace / Athit Perawongmetha

Our food system is entangled in many of today’s greatest environmental challenges.

Climate change, deforestation, pollution and public health are closely linked to the way grow and consume our food. The root of the problem lies in the corporations controlling our food system, as well as their supposed silver bullet solution—GMOs.

Corporate Control of Our Food

A small handful of corporations control the world’s food industry from farm to fork. This means a few powerful companies dictating what farmers can grow and how—and almost no choice for consumers.

Industrial agriculture is a system with an expiration date. It’s only a few decades old, yet we can already add up the environmental costs of this broken systemmore and more polluted waterways, clear-cut forests, inhumane treatment of livestock and megatons of greenhouse gases.

GMOs & Toxic Pesticides

Genetic engineering and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are major threats to human and environmental health. The truth is, we don’t know enough about the effects of GMOs on people or the environment to be adding them to our diets.

More Meat Threatens the Planet

Industrial livestock agriculture—raising cows, pigs and chickens—generates more greenhouse gas emissions than all cars, trucks and automobiles combined. Even if millions of people suddenly started driving around in electric vehicles tomorrow, it wouldn’t have as big an impact as a global shift away from a meat-based diet.

Farmers Should Choose What They Grow

The majority of the food produced in the world is grown through ecological farming methods. More than two billion small farmers produce 70 percent of the food we eat. By preserving ecological farming methods and food sovereignty, farmers can maintain direct relationships with the community to determine what to grow and eat.

When we connect to farms and farmers, we understand more intimately where our food comes from. But with each passing day, corporations place intrusive industrial methods between us and farmers that not only threaten our health and degrade the environment, but also rob farmers and consumers of their rights.

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