Something that you may not know….
The UN reports that the world now has an estimated 2 million certified organic farmers, 80% of whom are in developing countries. Of these, 34% are in Africa, 29% in Asia, and 17% are in Latin America.
“Developing countries account for 73% of land certified for organic wild collection and beekeeping…other countless developing country farmers practice organic agriculture without being formally certified,” the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) noted. Organic agriculture relies on healthy soils and active agroecological management rather than on the use of inputs with adverse effects such as artificial pesticides and fertilizers.
It combines tradition, innovation, and science. According to the UNCTAD, benefits of organic farming include higher incomes, more stable and nutritious diets, higher soil fertility, reduced soil erosion, better resilience to climate extremes such as drought and heavy rainfall, greater resource efficiency, lower carbon footprints, less dependence on purchased external inputs, and reduced rural/urban migration.
The UN agencies that cater for trade and development pointed out that organic products are increasingly fetching higher prices globally, averaging 15-150% more than conventional products.
An encouraging and promising statement when we know the pressure to do research on and use genetically engineered organisms.
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