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UN Encourages Developing Countries To Go Back To Basics In Farming

June 28, 2011 by  

UN Encourages Developing Countries To Go Back To Basics In FarmingWhile practices developed in the 1960s to reduce famine were effective in producing the mass quantities of food needed to alleviate hunger, the use of agrochemicals and modern management techniques in large-scale farms has resulted in infertile farm land and pollution, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations reported.

Combined with dwindling land and water resources and rising prices of fuel and fertilizer, the after-effects of industrial farming have created significant challenge for farmers worldwide, according to the U.N.

As a result, the organization is recommending that farmers practice conservation agriculture in an effort to become more self-sufficient.

“The present paradigm of intensive crop production cannot meet the challenges of the new millennium. In order to grow, agriculture must learn to save,” according to the organization’s Save and Grow webpage.

CropLife International reports that conservation agriculture consists of selective usage of tilling and pest-control products and implementing processes that promote natural regeneration, like nitrogen fixation and nutrient recycling. Such practices have been shown to reduce energy and labor costs as well as promote soil fertility and biodiversity.

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  • CJ

    Maybe some here in the states will realize you can only wring so much production out of the land before it gives out. You can only boost the production for a few years then there is nothing you can do to get anything out of it. Here lies the problem in third worlds. The land can only support so many people. Americans come in and disrupt the natural order, feed the kids, who grow and have more, the land can’t provide for the population increase and the problem is now worse. Let nature fix the problem on it’s own. People need to work with nature, not manipulate it.

    • DieHardPatriot

      When manipulation of nature is mentioned It comes to thought that if an installation (HAARP-google it)based in the wilderness in Alaska was shut down things would improve. This weather manipulation WMD has the power to do has caused all these (out of the unusual)droughts with ensuing wildfires, floods, and other unusual weather and more severe weather disasters (tornadoes in a city?)along with the destruction of the soil by BIG-AGRI BIZ with their chemical fertilizers and pesticides has sterilized our farmland was halted we would be able to return our farmland back to normal. One last mote we do not need to be growing more corn for fuel additive-it’s a big scam anyway as it really does not help pollution enough to justify its use while being planted on farmland that could be growing food. Now Obama wants more corn for ethanol. Baloney!For decades we have had the technology for alternative fuel not oil based and Obama and previous Occupiers of the WH don’t want that to happens as it lowers their political donor buddies bottom line. We all need to acept this fact-get back to basics-even the UN says farmers should. I’s common sense. Get back to mother earth and grow your own gardens using the old ways and don’t buy hybrid plants(they are GMOs) there are still heirloom plants out there as well as heirloom seeds ( not Genetically Modified that can be ordered over the internet. You can sae the seed from the produce and they will grow the next season unlike The Monsanto type terminator seeds-which have been genetically altered to grow only one season and of course provide nutritionally deficient produce. It’s your choice and health.

    • RD

      Meanwhile Progressives in government are removing millions of acres from production, while also encouraging Big Ag to grow food for fuel. 40 million acres of marginal farmland is being used to grow biofuel feedstock with virtually no net positive energy production. What goes in nearly equals what comes out, but taxpayers are forced to subsidize it all. However, food for fuel is having some impact on the land – it is using up more of the aquifer water for irrigation, much of our dwindling phosphorus reserves for fertilizer, more pesticides and herbicides, and more nitrate contaminated runoff.

      Government’s promotion of people to go back to farming is an attempt to reduce unemployment by creating subsidence living. They’re turning the calendar back to the early 1900s.

  • wandamurline

    Before government involvement in farming, we had the most safe food ever. When the government intervened, many farmers sold their land to huge farms that raise animals and food just downhill from the animals….now, we have E-Coli and other food born viruses. You can always thank the government, when they stick their nose into anything, it goes downhill from there. The government needs to get out of our business…do what little the Constitution affords them, and shut down most of the departments of the government.

  • sandcasstle

    Wanda, Suggestion: “The government needs to get out.”

  • Tom

    I fear that humankind is destined to forever suffer the negative consequences that are spawned by the conceit of the ruling classes.

  • Doctor Mom

    Along with the multinational Agribusiness destroying our farmland and developing dangerous and anti-biotic-resistant bacteria (E. coli, etc.), the new kid on the block is Genetic Modification…GMO…allowed by our government w/o warning labels on the foods. GMO is not just cross-breeding different plants to produce healthy hybrids; it is actually inserting animal DNA into the DNA of plant seeds. From my medical background, I knew this was potentially dangerous, but I had no idea how hideously dangerous it was until I ran across this video/power point yesterday. EVERYONE who shops for and eats food should watch this!!

    http://farmwars.info/?page_id=4202

  • Dan az

    Saying there where no clinical trials is a misnomer because we are the trails.There are no human clinical trials of genetically engineered foods. The only published human feeding experiment revealed that genetic material inserted into GE soy transfers into the DNA of bacteria living inside our intestines and continues to function. Even after we stop eating GE foods, we may still have the GE proteins produced continuously inside us.

    As the Institute for Responsible Technology has noted, the genetic engineering process creates massive collateral damage, causing mutations in hundreds or thousands of locations throughout the plant’s DNA. Natural genes can be deleted or permanently turned on or off, and hundreds may change their behavior. Even the inserted gene can be damaged or rearranged, and may create proteins that can trigger allergies or promote disease.

    The idea of having genetically engineered genes permanently living inside our guts has staggering implications:

    * If the antibiotic gene inserted into most GM crops were to transfer, it could create antibiotic-resistant diseases.
    * Bt toxins (Bacillus thuringiensis) inserted into GM food crops to kill pests are reaching the bloodstreams of 93% of women and 80% of unborn babies because of the consumption of meat, milk, and eggs from livestock fed GE corn. This could turn bacteria in our intestines into pesticide factories.
    * Animal studies show that DNA in food can travel into organs throughout the body, even into the fetus.

    And we’ve seen cross-species transfer of DNA happen before. A significant percentage of human DNA is actually viral DNA that became part of us over 40 million years ago. There is concern that virally transmitted DNA may cause mutations and psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and mood disorders. GE organisms may exacerbate this phenomenon.
    http://www.stopagingnow.com/liveinthenow/article/a-scary-side-effect-of-eating-gmo-foods
    Read more here and make up your own mind.Just think the gubmnt is here to save us from our selves.Scary thought!

  • s c

    DieHardPatriot has it basically right. Given the UN’s TRUE reputation (greedy, self-serving retards on steroids), it is NEVER to be trusted. Third World countries have been used and abused for generations. And NOW the UN wants to “save” them? B S !
    That’s like putting Frankenstein in charge of your healthcare. That’s no different than letting Herr Obummer run healthcare. Do NOT trust the UN. Do NOT trust Frankenstein. Do NOT trust Herr Obummer.
    FLUSH the UN. Give common sense and reason a chance. And, while we’re on the topic, move the UN to the north pole. Give it a chance THERE.

    • eddie47d

      Your insane SC, the UN is saying exactly what needed to be said. Every nation has abused the land and farmers need to get back to basics. Land that is abused will stop giving and the same with our oceans where there are growing dead zones where aquatic life can’t even live. GMOs and Hybrids are killing our natural line of seeds and creating a catastrophe waiting to happen. There use to be about 307 varieties or corn 80 years ago now there are only 12 left. There may be more somewhere in the world but heirlooms are disappearing. It’s the same with every seed crop from cabbage to squash. People need to remember the Irish potato famine of 1845. Their one main food source was wiped out through a disease and thousands died.Since thousands more immigrated to America because of the famine these problems can create world wide movements of people. With poor farming or overuse and fewer heirloom seed supplies we need more small farmers not Big Ag changing the landscape.

  • doreen

    The thing is, they’re absolutely right–industrial agriculture as made an unholy mess of things, especially once the government got involved. I’m starting to produce a little more of my family’s food every year–most of our produce, some grain, legumes, fruit, and–new this year–eggs and(eventually) chicken meat. I’ve been educating myself in what they’re calling “appropriate technology,” which often means that less is more. Next year we’re adding beehives and rabbits (for both meat and fiber). Haven’t worked out the dairy angle yet, but I’m looking for a local source for unprocessed dairy products–mandated government treatment of dairy foods removes most of the beneficial enzymes and vitamins that are only minimally replaced by synthetic additives. No wonder the rates of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease are skyrocketing!

  • i41

    eddee, as usual you are spouting bs again. The UN mandate is to eliminate all private land ownership, as the executive order signed by the niggardly crossbred marxist/communist durning Wienergate scandel. Onumnutts has said in 2009 he wanted his radical feel good lawyers, to see if he could do away with all private land ownership, to be in compliance with the 2007 UN mandate. We have over 30 million acres of farmground that has lain idle for over 35 years, as the taxpayers pay the landowners to do nothing for the money. Some of this ground grew 40-80 bushels an acre in the 60′s and the 70′s, I know because I combined the wheat on my grandad and our place. So eddee, you are blanket butt reservation liberal ward of the government, your upbringing is showing. The idea that we are over stressing the land is just more crap. Our livestock production is verticaly intergrated and the lowest level since the 1950′s, and owned by mega corporations who donate heavily to dumbocraps in ever election, Con-Ag, ADM, Smithfeild Foods Tyson, just to mention a few and the retail giant Wal-Mart is already signed up with the 4 slaughter houses for beef to sell the product from embro to the plate. Read you kool aide liberial morons, instead of berlieving the feel good bs from the beltway and UN morons.

  • i41

    What was the first democrat f–k Pres started the food production decline, the FDR who all marxist/communists slobber over, his first Sec of Ag was a registered communist and beleive in USSR style food production. edde again you are full of s–t about the varietie of any seeds, the hybrids will after several planting revert to what the parentplants were like, dame goes for any type of livestock, but you will lose your hybrid vigor.Angus were very shortlegged little blocks until 2 cross Holesteins were cross into the line to get height under them. As for raising chickens you had better cook it damn well done because any bird carries samenella in its tissue. Beef and pork if I raise it I have and well eat raw and have no problems, chicken and fish stay away if raw, both will eat their dung.

  • newspooner

    Get the US out of the UN, and get the UN out of the US. Otherwise, all liberty will be lost.

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