If you believe we need to grow genetically modified foods to feed the world, this brief will irk you.
If are a proponent of the massive, large scale corporate farms, this story will irk you.
However, if you, like the growing numbers of individuals personally experiencing a decline in health and an increase in food allergies, this story might just sit well with you.
“In 2013, the United Nations announced that the world’s agricultural needs can be met with localized organic farms. That’s right, we do not need giant monocultures that pour, spray and coat our produce with massive amounts of poisons, only to create mutant pests and weeds while decimating pollinators and harming human health. Don’t believe the hype: We do not need genetically modified foods ‘to feed the world.’“
The above is a quote from Maryam Henein’s Op-Ed article for Truthout.
It’s a no-holds barred report that shows a ray of hope for the return to localized farming, with an emphasis towards the use of organic methods. It also shows the sad state our food sources face if changes are not endorsed.
With a mix of pros and cons, Henein makes mention of a 30-year study from the Rodale Institute, Anna Lappe, food security, industrial agriculture, global trade agreements, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), small farms and a few other worthy contributors involved in how our food is produced. TTIP is a big concern:
“Not only does TTIP threaten our food supply and environment, but public services, workers’ rights, and online privacy as well. A story in The Independent outlines six reasons why TTIP should scare you.”
To get better informed, and dig deeper, please reference the Op-Ed article on Truthout. There you’ll find some very specific mentions regarding food production that needs to be shared. The article also has links for you to follow for an audio and infographic.
Since this was a brief regarding an Op-Ed piece, I’ll go on record that I’m pro small smalls, pro organic and con GMO, and con widespread use of chemicals, not because of this article, but because of personal opinions formed years ago regarding this subject.
Leave farming to localized organic farms.
~ Aden, for News to Share
News to Share Brief source: an Op-Ed piece by Maryam Henein for Truthout titled “United Nations Calls for an End to Industrialized Farming”
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