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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.

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Genetically Engineered (GE) Cotton Fails to Perform in Colombia

Publication | 26 January, 2010 at 1:00

Monsanto's genetically engineered (GE) cotton varieties sold to Colombian farmer failed in 2008-9, proving susceptible to pests and to herbicide, farmers had been earlier told would improve yields.

Herbicide Resistance Forces Farmers to Weed by Hand

Publication | 26 January, 2010 at 1:00

Overuse of the herbicide glyphosate for Monsanto's genetically engineered (GE)crops has lead to increasing resistance to the chemical among weeds in the US.

Problems with Genetically Engineered (GE) Crops in the Field

Publication | 26 January, 2010 at 1:00

Crops genetically engineered to produce herbicide have repeatedly lead to the development of herbicide resistance among weeds, and also have many unpredictable impacts on ecosystems.

Smart Breeding

Publication | 13 November, 2009 at 1:00

Marker-assisted selection (MAS) is a modern plant breeding technique that can offer benefits to farmers developing climate or diseases resistant varieties, without the need for genetic engineering.

Agriculture at a Crossroads: Food for Survival

Publication | 11 November, 2009 at 1:00

Climate change, hunger and poverty, loss of biodiversity, forest destruction, water crises, food safety – what all these threats have in common is that a principal cause for each of them is in the way we produce, trade, consume and discard food...

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