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Agroecology, SDGs, salvation. The FAO Decalogue

Agroecology, eco-agriculture, organic farming. The only way to save the planet and its inhabitants is there for all to see. Just overcome the blanket of Viral Deception, the viral deception of those who manipulate politics and information. To sell the false concepts of 'natural' and 'so much per kilo'planet'. And to sell as such products from 'integrated agriculture' that instead derive from supply chains where the use of agrotoxics is intensive and massive. The FAO Decalogue and some brief reflections.

'Even if the window is the same 

not everyone who looks out sees the same thing. 

The view depends on the look ' (Alda Merini)

Agroecology, the FAO Decalogue

Agroecology is defined by the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation) based on 10 principles. (1) A decalogue that the 197 member states of FAO - and the European Union, which also adheres to it - should follow to guide the transformation of their agricultural systems. In summary:

- diversity, synergies, efficiency, resilience, recycling, co-creation and sharing of knowledge,

- human and social values, food culture and traditions,

- circular economy and solidarity, governance responsible. (5)

And 10 elements they are interconnected and interdependent. They represent a guide for politics, but also for the stakeholders. The social partners concerned, starting from the GDO (Large Organized Distribution), with a view to planning and managing the agroecological transition. (2)

Agroecology and environmental protection

Eco-agriculture, or agroecology, integrates ecological and social values ​​into the design and management of agri-food systems. The concrete implementation of these values ​​makes it possible to:

- optimize the interactions between plants, animals, humans and the environment,

- increase soil fertility,

- remove the use of pesticides and agrotoxicants,

- to preserve la biodiversity and the landscapes. (3)

Eco-agriculture and society

La food security - that is to say, the supply of safe and nutritious food to all human beings - is the goal to be pursued with a holistic, ecological and fair trade. The eco-agricultural system, based on small-scale productions, is therefore capable of expressing various advantages for the protagonists of the supply chain.

Farmers, In a short supply chain logic, benefit from:

- lower costs of production and transport,

- higher revenues, thanks to disintermediation (in the case of direct sales to the consumer) or in any case the reduction of intermediate commercial steps,

- greater autonomy decision-making and management.

Customers they can buy really fresh and natural foods, without agrotoxic, also better for health and the immune system. At affordable, non-speculative prices, which remunerate the work of those who produce equally. With the additional advantages of:

- education about foods and their seasonality, thanks to direct contact with farmers,

- awareness and responsibility of consumer choices.

Agroecology, here and now. Here because

Covid-19 it is the pandemic demonstration of the failure of an entire system. Where not only the environment but man himself are losing their most important defense, resilience. In organisms of many species, the immune system. And this is not surprising, considering the effects of agrotoxicants on the populations of the first exporting countries of commodities. From Argentina to the USA, the toxicity is acute. OR about bees, sentinels of life on the planet. While ourselves we serve as guinea pigs to Corporation poisons, even in Europe.

Agroecology it is the only way forward, to save the Earth and its inhabitants. As well as to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals) that the United Nations General Assembly has included in the 2030 Agenda. (4) And they cannot ignore one structural reform of the agri-food chains.

The necessary breakthrough

Reforms are needed wide-ranging in agricultural policies, as indicated by the FAO. Starting from the Common Agricultural Policy (PAC) in Europe, which is still the first food trade area on the planet (5,6).

Funding directed to small-scale agroecological productions are essential to support the creation of shared value in the territories. And the products of peasant agriculture they must also be distributed in supermarkets, without demanding those onerous certifications which in fact constitute barriers to access to the modern distribution channel.

Research and innovation they must be supported with significant public and private investments. The future is not there Lab Meat but foods according to nature. In respect of biodiversity, it is necessary to:

- promote the recovery of native and resilient varieties,

- develop eco-friendly tools to promote plant health, resilience and growth (eg. mycorrhizae).

From the green revolution to the GMO empire, the false historians

The 'green revolution' is the first historical forgery. The farmers who now depend on pesticide and seed monopolists (Big 4) are impoverished by the higher costs of agrochemicals and energy without registering any increase in the price lists of their commodities. They poison themselves e their children, even before those of others. In addition to soils, water and airas well as our food.

The empire of GMOs is the second historical forgery, The Big Scam as it is written in our namesake free ebook. The first generation of GMOs it turned out only instrumental to the increase in sales of the most devastating agrotoxins, such as glyphosate and dicamba. All of which have been approved on the basis of scientific fraud to this day unpunished. And among other things, they damage the microbiome on which the immune system depends.

The new GMOs  is are affirmed today on a global level I'm just a deja vu. Intended to consolidate a sick system of monopolies and abuses on ecosystems and populations. Tens of thousands of genetic engineering experiments they are already dispersed in the environment, without any evaluation of the risk on biodiversity and planet.

Dario Dongo and Camilla Fincardi

Footnotes

(1) FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation). The 10 Elements of Agroecology,

(2)FAO. The 10 elements of agroecology guiding the transition to sustainable food and agricultural systems,

(3) John Reimann. Regeneration Farming. Global ecosocialist network, 4.2.20,

(4) UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme), Last call for a food systems revolution, 19.07.19,

(5) Cristina Cruz. The sustainable intensification of agriculture in Europe. Open Access Government, 19.04.18,

(6) See Dejan Ljami. Agroecology, The way of sustainability in Europe's farming. Open Access Government, 17.01.20.

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