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Published by Mike Small
Kirtana Chandrasekaran
Food Sovereignty programme co-ordinator / Friends of the Earth International
Kirtana Chandrasekaran
Food Sovereignty programme co-ordinator / Friends of the Earth International

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Published by: Mike Small on Jul 28, 2010
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Food sovereignty – towardslocalised food systems
Kirtana ChandrasekaranFriends of the Earth International 
 
What’s the problem?
Industrial agriculture
 is one of the biggest contributors toenvironmental damage, with direct and indirect impacts on the Rightto Food and FS
 Yet, the
multifunctionality
 of agriculture means it can addresscrises of energy, food, poverty, inequality, water,
 There is not enough new land or other resources to expand agriculturewithout
massive social and environmental consequence
 
Desperately need a
return
to agriculture that
breaks
with theindustrial, agro-export, input heavy model of the recent past
 This means we need to change
production and consumption
andneed
regulation
of the food system
We need to
relocalise
the food system and
change powerstructures
so
 
food works for
 people not corporations
 
Industrial agriculture
“ 
Habitat conversion to intensive agriculture leads to reductions in native biodiversity…. around 43% of tropical and subtropical dry and monsoon forests and 45% of temperate broadleaf and mixed forests globally have been converted to croplands.
 
Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, 2005
“Emphasis on increasing yields and productivity has in some cases had negative consequences on environmental sustainability. For instance, 1.9 billion ha (and 2.6 billion people) today are affected by significant levels of land degradation.”
IAASTD, 2008

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