Quote of the Week

"Governments and international agencies urgently need to boost ecological farming techniques to increase food production and save the climate."

"One year ago, Heads of States at the G20 gathering in Italy committed to mobilizing $22 billion over a period of three years to improve global food security. This was welcome news, but the most pressing issue regarding reinvestment in agriculture is not how much, but how."

"Today, most efforts are made towards large-scale investments in land – including many instances of land grabbing – and towards a ‘Green Revolution’ model to boost food production: improved seeds, chemical fertilizers and machines. But scant attention has been paid to agroecological methods that have been shown to improve food production and farmers’ incomes, while at the same time protecting the soil, water, and climate."

– Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food presenting the findings of 25 of the world’s most renowned experts on agroecology at an international meeting held in Brussels, June 21-22, 2010.