Food security is the single most important issue facing mankind today. Our food is making us sick. The way it’s produced is wasting energy, destroying our environment, and depleting vital natural resources including soil, water and biodiversity. More and more people have no access to healthy food. Meanwhile, our government has been supporting a destructive global food system that has little respect for life.
“Business as usual is not an option”, claimed the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD). This 4-year assessment endeavor was commissioned by the World Bank and six United Nations agencies, and it involved some 400 scientists around the world. IAASTD warned that industrial agriculture was threatening our survival, and recommended that nations embrace agroecology. In 2008, the IAASTD Reports, “Agriculture At A Crossroads”, were endorsed by 59 countries who have yet to act on their promise to support sustainable farming practices.
Rio+20 Outcome Document, The Future We Want, hasn't brought us any closer to any implementation of public policies to promote and support sustainable agriculture, unfortunately. Its chapter on "Food security and nutrition and sustainable agriculture" lists what needs to happen but fails to define "sustainable agriculture", and doesn't include any sort of commitment.
The work starts at home. It is the responsibility of the United States of America, as the self-proclaimed greatest nation on earth, to lead by example. Yet, our government won’t budge unless we, American citizens, speak up.
Let’s do everything in our power so that Washington commit to implementing the public policies that we need, as suggested by IAASTD, in order to ensure that our planet will nourish us abundantly for generations to come.
Please demand that the United States, the world’s most powerful supporter of industrial agriculture, commit to implementing the five requests for policy and regulatory changes that are spelled out in the petition letter. They address antibiotics, perverse subsidies, food sovereignty, animal by-products and the commitment to agroecology.
Go to nourish9billion.org to join the movement, to partake in the conversation about our food system, to take this campaign to your community.