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The Russians Prove Small Scale Organic CAN Feed the World

Christina Sarich
Natural Society / News Analysis
Published: Thursday 30 May 2013
Organic and sustainable small-scale farming could double food production in the parts of the world where hunger is the biggest issue.
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If you’ve already been through an economic collapse, you might know a thing or two about how to feed your family with little money. More importantly, you might know how to do it without pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and GMO seed. On a total of about 20 million acres managed by over 35 million Russian families, Russians are carrying on an old-world technique, which we Americans might learn from. They are growing their own organic crops - and it’s working.

According to some statistics, they grow 92% of the entire countries’ potatoes, 77% of its vegetables, 87% of its fruit, and feed 71% of the entire population from privately owned, organic farms or house gardens all across the country. These aren’t huge Agro-farms run by pharmaceutical companies; these are small family farms and less-than-an-acre gardens.

A recent report from Agro-ecology and the Right to Food says that organic and sustainable small-scale farming could double food production in the parts of the world where hunger is the biggest issue. Within five to 10 years we could see a big jump in crop cultivation. It could also take the teeth out of GMO business in the US.

According to World Watch, we can also farm fish responsibly and feed the planet. Sustainable fish farms along with organic gardening are becoming the new agro-business.

“Farmed seafood has certain advantages over wild fish in meeting modern demand. For a global marketplace that demands increasingly predictable products—uniform-sized fillets available year-round, free of the vagaries of weather or open-ocean fishing—fish farming delivers this predictability. Farms are also becoming more productive, raising fish at a lower cost and expanding the potential market.” (Brian Halwell, Farming Fish for the Future).

As long as this is done in sustainable ways without GMO salmon, we really can feed over 7 billion people.

Unfortunately, not all of us want to utilize organic farming. Purchasing 500,000 shares of Monsanto stock in 2012, Bill Gates is just one key figure who argues that GMOs are an absolute necessity in order to fight global starvation. Of course along with ‘saving the world from starvation’, GMO crops also bring along a large number of unwanted health and environmental effects. This isn’t even considering the fact that long term, we truly don’t know what kind of impact this will have on the earth on a major scale. Though we do know once everything is GMO, it will be virtually impossible to go back to a natural world.

Check out NaturalSociety’s YouTube Channel for some recent videos on the March Against Monsanto event occurring in Philadelphia, PA. The videos offer some educational information along with a look at how people everywhere reject Monsanto and genetically modified organisms. Say goodbye to GMOs. We don’t need them.

“We won’t solve hunger and stop climate change with industrial farming on large plantations,” says Olivier De Schutter.



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ABOUT Christina Sarich

Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. She also writes exclusive articles for NationofChange. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.

Of course, Russia also has

Of course, Russia also has very strong protectionist agricultural policies and do not have an agency which holds a monopoly on all available land like the BLM in the USA. So, once again a country thrives in some way by doing the opposite of the USA.

The widespread access to

The widespread access to small plot gardens began in the Soviet era and most certainly saved countless people from starvation or serious malnutrition resulting from the disastrous Soviet agricultural policy of reliance on state or collective farms. Those small private plots were seeded with shared or 'black market' seed (or 'heirloom' seeds as we call them). Fortunately, chemical sprays and fertilizers were either not available at all or too expensive to be popular. Those traditions continued through the fall of the Soviet Union. It is interesting that demographic or statistical research is now being done to show just how much these gardens feed Russia. Good work!

Bill Gates is an under

Bill Gates is an under educated free market slob who cannot seem to understand that genetics is not a completely known science. We have only in the last five years proven that the original GMO changes made on the assumption that changing a single gene only changed one protein... and now he wants us to proliferate large scale farmer products because he thinks it is easier to control the volume... regardless of the resulting nutritional and biological results. Speak about the women and children who now have Monsanto pesticide proteins in their bodies. And ask yourself whether it is worth having more families working the land than corporations who don't care what is grown so long as their profit is higher every year.

GMO is very hazardous to

GMO is very hazardous to health products. Using these products leads to the barrenness, allergy and other diseases. It already has been demonstrated in Russia by medical researchers. There were experiments with rats. And state of all rats was badly changed to worse. Breed of these rats in first generation was very weak, and in second generation a lot of rats were barrenness.
Monsanto just makes money. Don’t use GMO! Take care of your health and your children!

Genetically Modified foods

Genetically Modified foods may be the future. But they need to be fully tested over the long term to ensure that they are safe for our long term consumption. Do we really want to risk millions of years of evolution for the capital gain of just a few people?

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Why arent countries

Why arent countries responding to aquaponics like mexico, and other third world countries maybe the corporate entieties want the dependence on grain and corn to continue with exports to those third world countries. Gmo is causing land loss in those countries as well as increased suicide rates it is not the right thing anymore it smells of evil and needs to stop. Look at the gulf of mexico and its polution from ammonia being injected into the soil and running off to the gulf. It is to late for farmers to grow non treated crops and it tastes awful because its picked unripe and treated with chemicals for longer shelf life thanks for letting us eat that.

This article is quite

This article is quite uninformed. The Cubans have revolutionized their entire country's system of food production by investing heavily in small-scale organic farms, and it truly is a miracle of productivity. I know people who have toured Cuba an small-ag cultural exchanges and are amazed at how fast and efficiently Cuba transitioned from a petroleum-based ag system--subsidized and supplied by the USSR--to a sustainable, local, organically based one. Harper's magazine had a wonderful account of this success some years ago. If you want to know what's possible in making a fast and widescale change, look at what Cuba has done.

NINASCRIBE, it seems like

NINASCRIBE, it seems like your narrow minded and microscopic brain cannot understand that this IS NOT ABOUT CUBA you retard.

It is about Russia.

It seems that YOU ARE QUITE UNINFORMED AND MINDLESSLY IGNORANT ABOUT HOW PEOPLE COMMUNICATE.

If the writer was writing about CUBA, then the article would be about cuba.

PULL the cat out of your ass** and this will give your brain a rest, all 3 neurons of it.

ALSO
"I KNOW PEOPLE" - I suggest that you KNOW SQUAT, go there yourself and then make comments you mental lounge lizard.

The truth is that YOU DO NOT KNOW PEOPLE because you are not smart enough to do so.

SO SHUT UP.

The article isn't about Cuba.

The article isn't about Cuba. It's about Russia. Had it been about general small scale food productivity in the modern era and it omitted Cuba, then you could say it is uninformed.

Btw, when I visited Cuba not 8 years ago, I wasn't impressed with the reach of small-scale organic farms except for noticing what they didn't provide, namely variety and anything but high yield mono-crops, which goes against the spirit of modern organic farming and certainly quite divorced from the way ppl used to farm the world over before the days of Big Agriculture. No stats on this, just my observations, unlike this informed article.

Having said that, I was definitely impressed with how the state openly and actively discussed the need for quality, organic farmland soil and the innovative ways in which the country's farmers go about that. I learned quite a bit about that, I must say.

This article is quite

This article is quite uninformed. The Cubans have revolutionized their entire country's system of food production by investing heavily in small-scale organic farms, and it truly is a miracle of productivity. I know people who have toured Cuba an small-ag cultural exchanges and are amazed at how fast and efficiently Cuba transitioned from a petroleum-based ag system--subsidized and supplied by the USSR--to a sustainable, local, organically based one. Harper's magazine had a wonderful account of this success some years ago. If you want to know what's possible in making a fast and widescale change, look at what Cuba has done.

Bill Gates has been unmasked

Bill Gates has been unmasked to show a greed headed, life destroying oligarch underneath.

another real world example

another real world example that needs msm discussion. will corporate news inform their readers/listeners/viewers?

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