We’re celebrating this World Food Day (#WFD2013) journalist Mark Bittman in a New York Times opinion piece, How to Feed the World (14 Oct 2013), on the central and enduring value of smallholder farming in feeding the world sustainably. Read the whole article. It’s very good.
We’ve added some of our favourite artworks, all (kindly) made freely available through wikipaintings. (Are these images of the past? for children? of our future? us to decide?)
12 tweets yesterday (@SusanMacMillan: https://twitter.com/SusanMacMillan). Have you got 12 tweets to share? Please do: Comment in the box below or link to your website.
01 Our #food system, neither environmentally nor economically #sustainable, is geared to the over- & under-fed
02 There is not the land, water or fertilizer—let alone health care—for world to consume Western levels of meat
03 Stop assuming industrial model of #food production & its accompanying disease-producing diet is inevitable
04 Smallholder farmers are not only here for good, they’re more efficient than industrial (factory) farmers
05 Diversifying & mixing plants & animals, smallholders can produce more food w/ fewer resources & lower transport costs
06 If you define productivity as the # of people fed per acre, US ranks behind China & India-same as Bangladesh
07 The playing field has been tilted against peasants for centuries & they’ve still fed more people than industrial ag
08 With the right training & a fair #food system, it’s a safe bet that peasants will be able to feed themselves & others
09 Formula for hunger & obesity: Remove ability to produce food & to pay for food & replace real food with bad food
10 Ask not how much food is produced; ask how it’s produced, for whom, and at what price, cost and benefit
11 We need more investment in researching the benefits of traditional farming
See ILRI’s Third Way
12 Supporting peasant farming is one key; the other is reining in Western-style monoculture & the American diet
Read a related article on ILRI’s Clippings Blog:
‘The health of the poor is the wealth of the poor’: A little film for a big World Food Day and World Food Prize, 16 Oct 2013.