Pesticides and our Health – a growing concern

Abstract Extract: The only sure approach to reducing our exposure to toxic pesticides is through a move towards a more long-term and sustainable approach to producing food. This will require legally-binding agreements to immediately phase-out all pesticides that are toxic to non-target organisms implemented at both national and international level.
Fundamentally changing our approach to farming involves a paradigm shift from industrial agriculture, which relies heavily on chemical additives, towards the full implementation of ecological farming as the only means of feeding the population and protecting the ecosystems we live in. Ecological farming is a modern and effective approach to farming that does not rely on toxic chemicals, and delivers healthy and safe food.

 

Contributor Greenpeace
Year Published 2015
Link http://www.greenpeace.org/international/Global/international/publications/agriculture/2015/Pesticides-and-our-Health.pdf

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REPORT | The New Science of Sustainable Food Systems

Abstract Overcoming barriers to food systems reform.

Despite the mobilization of the political and scientific communities around various food systems issues, the task remains incomplete. There has been a tendency to address the problems as individual pieces of the puzzle, and to overlook the power relations that play a major role in shaping these systems. And crucially, the knowledge of those affected by food systems problems has not been fully harnessed in framing the problems and diagnosing the solutions.

The challenge, therefore, is to produce a joined-up picture of food systems and their political economy, and to do so in ways that reach across the scientific disciplines, and reach beyond the traditional bounds of the scientific community.


About the author of the Report: IPES-Food is a new independent panel for food systems reform, co-chaired by Olivier De Schutter, former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, and ex-UNICEF nutrition expert Olivia Yambi. It features 18 top experts from various fields connected to food systems.
This is its first report

Contributor IPES-Food
Year Published 2015
Link http://www.ipes-food.org/images/Reports/IPES_report01_1505_web_br_pages.pdf

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Hungry for land: small farmers feed the world with less than a quarter of all farmland

Abstract It is commonly heard today that small farmers produce most of the world’s food. But how many of us realise that they are doing this with less than a quarter of the world’s farmland, and that even this meagre share is shrinking fast? If small farmers continue to lose the very basis of their existence, the world will lose its capacity to feed itself.

GRAIN took an in depth look at the data to see what is going on and the message is crystal clear. We need to urgently put land back in the hands of small farmers and make the struggle for agrarian reform central to the fight for better food systems.

 

Read the joint media release of Grain and La Via Campesina

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Contributor GRAIN
Year Published 2014
Link http://ag-transition.org/?p=3450

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