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3 Reasons To Increase Your Support of Agroecology

Farmers plant their fields. These farmers are members of IGPDS Inyon Gwoupman Peyizan pou Devlopman San Yago. San Yago, Haiti, Photo by Ben Depp

We face a global crisis of hunger, poverty, and climate change. Yet, we have real, lasting solutions that can shift how we grow and distribute food so that it is healthy and just for people and the planet. Here are three, easily digestible reasons you should increase your support of agroecology.

1. Industrial agriculture destroys the environment and impoverishes and disempowers rural people. With more than 40% of the Earth’s surface dedicated to agriculture and the majority of people in developing countries making a living from farming, how humanity grows its food during the coming decades is of paramount importance to the planet.

2. Industrial agriculture has exacted heavy environmental, economic and social costs since its emergence in the 1950s. Conventional agriculture pumps hundreds of millions of tons of chemicals into the environment every year, and intensely managed agricultural lands damage ecosystem services and can lead to devastating and potentially irreversible impacts on biodiversity. Also, the indiscriminate use of pesticides has been linked to occupational exposure and consumption of pesticide-contaminated food and water around the world.

3. In contrast to industrial agriculture, which tends to damage and simplify ecosystems, agroecology can play a role in conserving and even restoring biodiversity and ecosystem functions, and there is growing evidence that ecological agriculture can play a meaningful role in arresting climate change by sinking huge amounts of carbon. Additionally, it does not rely on dangerous chemical inputs but rather incentivizes family farmers to innovate low-cost, local solutions, which have the added benefit of empowering them to become the protagonists of their own development.

Groundswell International strengthens the power and potential of family farmers to cultivate, grow and spread environmentally sound farming practices that work with nature, not against it. The result is people igniting local change, growing an abundance of healthy food, improving incomes, and regenerating entire landscapes. 

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