Are you tired of hearing claims that chemical-intensive monocultures and GMOs are the only way to feed 7 billion people and beyond?
With the first in her series of “mythbusting” videos, Anna Lappé, author of Diet for a Hot Planet, takes on this point directly. She argues that, in fact, a network of small-scale, independent farms using diversified, sustainable practices and a shift in the way the food we already grow gets eaten will go a long way toward solving the problem without such a heavy reliance on corporate agriculture.
Supporting local farmers
that practice organic and sustainable growing methods does much more that just bring you healthy food. It also supports your community
by keeping the money where it can be put back into growing your local infrastructure. The sad truth is that many small farmers are barely making end meet. What we need is more awareness. If just a small fraction of people that now shop at supermarkets would switch to farmers markets
once or twice a month the impact would be huge.
The biggest players in the food industry—from pesticide pushers to fertilizer makers to food processors and manufacturers—spend billions of dollars every year not selling food, but selling the idea that we need their products to feed the world. But, do we really need industrial agriculture to feed the world? Can sustainably grown food deliver the quantity and quality we need—today and in the future? Our first Food MythBusters film takes on these questions in under seven minutes. So next time you hear them, you can too.
For more information, Sources & Citations, credits, and database of the research sources used: www.foodmyths.org