Health and biodiversity restored? How farming can rediscover its long-lost roots

“As industrial agriculture continues to erode our wildlife, Dave Goulson challenges the methods and objectives of ever-increasing food production. We need to move towards sustainable, evidence-based farming systems that produce healthy food, rather than allowing the agrochemical industry to reshape our farming, countryside and nutrition to its quest for profit.

“In our rush to increase yields, based on an ill-conceived notion that this is needed to feed the world, we run the risk of irrevocably damaging our environment and hence our food production system.

“Modern intensive farming produces plentiful, cheap food but is reliant on heavy use of agrochemicals and is a major driver of the ongoing collapse of wildlife populations.
Taxpayers pay billions each year to support this system, with the bulk of this money going to the biggest, richest farming operations.” From: www.theecologist.org

GR:  This excellent article argues well for sustainable agriculture, but it overlooks the most significant problem.  It describes the failures of factory farming, and it discusses how we can shift to better practices.  It does not mention population.  The article aims at long-term solutions, but of course, everything eventually fails without population control.

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