Food Futures Now

  • 14/02/08
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foodfuturessm3.jpgA great new book has come out which outlines how organic agriculture and localised food (and energy) systems can potentially compensate for all greenhouse gas emissions due to human activities and free us from fossil fuels. The report by Mae-Wan Ho, Sam Burcher, Lim Li Ching also includes…

  • The largest single study in the world in Ethiopia shows composting gives 30 percent more crop yields than chemical fertilizers
  • Scientists, too, find organic out yields conventional agriculture by a factor of 1.3, and green manure alone could provide all nitrogen needs
  • Local farmers in Sahel defied the dire predictions of scientists and policy-makers by greening the desert and creating a haven of trees
  • Organic urban agriculture feeds Cuba without fossil fuels
  • Organic agriculture and localised food systems mitigate 30 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and save one-sixth of energy consumption
  • Anaerobic digestion of farm and food wastes in zero-emission food and energy farms could boost total energy savings to 49.7 percent and greenhouse gas savings to 54 percent
  • Cleaner, safer environment, greater biodiversity, more nutritious healthier foods
  • Higher income and independence for farmers, more employment opportunities
  • Regenerate local economies, revitalize local, indigenous knowledge, create social wealth.

More details here.

2 Comments
  • Matthew Love February 18, 2008 at 20:10

    Its pretty much what most organic gardeners are doing. My garden is organic and the only thing I add once in a while is rock dust to re-mineralise the soil. Apart from that just home made compost and composted animal bones from chickens and joints etc. Mulch comes from shreaded hedge trimmings and grass cuttings mixed with shredded news paper. Lots of people are gardening in Scotland already. My father says this used to be the default only it wasnt called organic, it was called make do and mend.
    Nobody had money for chemicals and fertilisers and all the other stuff used in modern gardens. Until WWII most gardens where organic and so was the bulk of agriculture and it will go back that way as the oil runs out.

  • Sandra February 16, 2008 at 16:49

    I’d like to take a look at this book, and probably will put it on my (rather extensive) reading list. Thanks for flagging it up. I’m particularly interested in the Cuban model of organic urban agriculture and wonder if that’s in any way possible, in any shape or form, in Scotland.