Russians Prove Small-Scale Organic Can Feed the World


| 6/6/2013 4:26:00 PM


Tags: Russian farming, small-scale farming, how to end world hunger, feed the planet, Russian gardening, Natural Society,

Photo by Fotolia/Remy Masseglia

Reposted with permission by Natural Society.

If you’ve already been through an economic collapse, you might know a thing or two about how to feed your family with little money. More importantly, you might know how to do it without pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and GMO seed. On a total of about 20 million acres managed by over 35 million Russian families, Russians are carrying on an old-world technique, which we Americans might learn from. They are growing their own organic crops — and it’s working.

According to some statistics, they grow 92% of the entire countries’ potatoes, 77% of its vegetables, 87% of its fruit, and feed 71% of the entire population from privately owned, organic farms or house gardens all across the country. These aren’t huge Agro-farms run by pharmaceutical companies; these are small family farms and less-than-an-acre gardens.

A recent report from Agro-ecology and the Right to Food says that organic and sustainable small-scale farming could double food production in the parts of the world where hunger is the biggest issue. Within five to 10 years we could see a big jump in crop cultivation. It could also take the teeth out of GMO business in the US.

According to World Watch, we can also farm fish responsibly and feed the planet. Sustainable fish farms along with organic gardening are becoming the new agro-business.


timallard
6/11/2013 12:26:10 AM

I totally disagree with this statement that farmed fish have advantages other than profits, this is due to the fact that fish-farms are disease factories and too often located where they pollute wild stock with their fecal waste and diseases in a constant, high-volume plume that's supposedly diluted but water currents prevent that so this has devasting effects on natural runs and the diseased fish are reaching stores.

Many in human health don't like the idea of people eating fish with ISA virus and others.

Suggest watching Salmon Confidential, http://salmonconfidential.ca/ for the research on this.




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