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Even as the United States government continues to push for the use of more chemically-intensive and corporate-dominated farming methods such as GMOs and monoculture-based crops, the United Nations is once against sounding the alarm about the urgent need to return to (and develop) a more sustainable, natural and organic system.

That was the key point of a new publication from the UN Commission on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) titled“Trade and Environment Review 2013: Wake Up Before It’s Too Late,” which included contributions from more than 60 experts around the world.

The cover of the report looks like that of a blockbuster documentary or Hollywood movie, and the dramatic nature of the title cannot be understated: The time is now to switch back to our natural farming roots.

http://www.technologywater.com/post/69995394390/un-report-says-small-sca…

TRADE AND ENVIRONMENT REVIEW 2013
MAKE AGRICULTURE TRULY SUSTAINABLE NOW FOR FOOD SECURITY
IN A CHANGING CLIMATE
KEY MESSAGES
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The 2008 food crisis was an important catalyst for realizing the need for a fundamental transformation and questioning
some of the assumptions that had driven food, agricultural and trade policy in recent decades.
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The fundamental transformation of agriculture may well turn out to be one of the biggest challenges, including for
international security, of the 21st century.
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The world needs a paradigm shift in agricultural development: from a “green revolution” to an “ecological
intensification” approach.
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The required transformation is much more profound than simply tweaking the existing industrial agricultural system.

 

Elements and key achievements of the required transformation of agriculture, elaborated upon by the authors of this
Review, include:
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In pursuing a fundamental transformation of agriculture, one should take into account systemic considerations

http://unctad.org/en/PublicationsLibrary/ditcted2012d3_en.pdf