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The scaling up of agroecology: spreading the hope for food sovereignty and resiliency

The Green Revolution, the symbol of agricultural intensification not only failed to ensure safe and abundant food production for all people, but it was launched under the assumptions that abundant water and cheap energy to fuel modern agriculture would always be available and that climate would be stable and not change. Agrochemicals, fuel based mechanization and irrigation operations, the heart of industrial agriculture, are derived entirely from dwindling and ever more expensive fossil fuels. Climate extremes are becoming more frequent and violent and threaten genetically homogeneous modern monocultures now covering 80% of the 1500 million hectares of global arable land. Moreover industrial agriculture contributes with about 25-30% of GHG emissions, further altering weather patterns thus compromising the world’s capacity to produce food in the future.

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Year: 2012
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Content language: English
Author: Miguel A Altieri ,
Type: Working paper
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