Organic farming promotes sustainability

Related GLP Member: Verena Seufert

The research was published in April 2019 in the scientific online journal Nature Sustainability.

Sustainable Development Goals
There is broad consensus that the way food is produced and consumed urgently needs to change. Only then can global challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss and poverty be addressed. However, the approach to achieving this is heavily contested. Is it more promising to make mainstream agriculture gradually more sustainable or to promote alternative systems like organic farming, where explicit account is taken of environmental impacts and animal welfare? According to the experts, both approaches can go hand-in-hand and mutually reinforce each other. This new perspective allows focusing policies on the Sustainable Development Goals (SGD’s)that have been adopted by all nations.

Save or doom the world
Verena Seufert: “Many people have heated debates about whether organic farming would save or doom the world. We argue, instead, that organic agriculture will do neither of these, but that it represents an important lever towards a more sustainable food system. We need a less polarized discussion about food. And we should all be able to agree that organic agriculture is neither an irrelevant niche nor a silver-bullet solution but that it can play an important role in getting our food system right”.

In order to shift towards a more sustainable food system we should take advantage of all different kinds of farming approaches argue the authors. And they propose a coherent policy framework that would push the food system – including both conventional and organic farming systems – towards enhanced sustainability and towards the achievement of the SDGs.

Link (view-only) to the original article “Sustainability in global agriculture driven by organic farming”, Nature Sustainability: https://rdcu.be/bvC9z

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