Modern farming 'harms poor and environment'
Wednesday, 16 April 2008
Nigel Hunt ABC/Reuters
Free trade in agricultural markets can undermine attempts to ease poverty in developing countries and harm the environment, says a UN and World Bank backed report.
"Opening national markets to international competition ... can lead to long-term negative effects on poverty alleviation, food security and the environment," says the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) report.
The report urges agricultural science to pay greater attention to safeguarding natural resources.
It promotes 'agro-ecological' practices, such as the use of natural fertilisers and traditional seeds and reducing the distance between the farm and the consumer. Read More
As with most UN reports pertaining to agriculture, there are many things that they don’t like about how we are doing things here in the US. They say increased competition is bad for just about everything. Basically this report would like to have Americans go back to farming like we did 100 years ago.