Why isn’t your government doing all this?


IFOAM are the daddies of the organic standard. They’re the people who say who can certify something organic. They have over 750 member organizations in over 110 countries worldwide.

They’ve made a submission to the Rio Summit. Here are some highlights (to save you reading the whole thing).

(It’s still pretty long, but this stuff is important and clear and pretty much irrefutable.

  • Farmers represent one-third of the world’s population.
  • Almost all are in developing countries and subject to unjust policies and climate change that significantly reduces their livelihood opportunities.
  • The real structural reasons behind hunger, obesity, and diet related diseases and inequality must be acknowledged.
  • In 2008 the United Nation’s IAASTD report (the most comprehensive study into the future needs of agriculture ever undertaken) shattered the paradigm that technological fixes were the solution to food security.
  • Given the wide range of issues from climate, to biodiversity, to trade, to food security, to poverty, desertification, deforestation and global ecosystem integrity, UNCSD 2012 offers a highly significant opportunity to change course by holistically addressing the core structural reasons behind poverty and our unsustainable path.
  • Rio+20 must comprehensively address the urgent transition to Sustainable and Equitable Food and Agriculture Systems.
  • Recognize that the scaling up of agro-ecology through the reorientation of policies that support small-scale farmers is today’s main and most urgent food and agricultural challenge
  • A transition to an ecologically based, resilient, fair and fully inclusive and humane agriculture is essential if the goals of sustainability and poverty eradication are to be simultaneously achieved.
  • Recognize agro-ecological based farmingor organic farming practiced by small-scale farmers as the most effective approach in addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation, food and water security, biodiversity loss, poverty eradication and sustainable development.
  • Smallholder farmers with their diverse farming systems produce the most sustainable and nutritious and fresh food for local and regional communities throughout the world.
  • Such investments in sustainable nutritious food security are the key to alleviating poverty, stimulating green growth, and addressing diet related disease in the developed world.
  • Support food sovereignty (i.e. self determination, no terminator genes etc, Ed.) as the overall framework for food and agricultural policies and encourage communities, peoples, states and international institutions to recognize and realize food sovereignty
  • Put the needs of all the worlds’ citizens and the planet above the interests of a few powerful stakeholders that are currently driving the agriculture agenda across many aspects of international governance (climate, food security, trade etc.).
  • Ensure small scale food producers, pastoralists, indigenous peoples, peasants and the rural poor are provided with enhanced access to information as basis for decision-making (We can help with that. Ed.)
  • Protect the rights of small-scale food producers, pastoralists, indigenous peoples, peasants and local communities to utilize their knowledge, resources, practices and innovations (including traditional and indigenous) and ensure their unimpeded access to them.
  • Recognize the importance of knowledge and innovations(including traditional and indigenous) of small-scale food producers, pastoralists, indigenous peoples, peasants and local communities for achieving sustainable development.
  • Ban ‘Terminator’ type agricultural technologies.
  • Condemn the patenting of genetic information.
  • Support in situ conservation and breeding strategies of peasant, communities and other small-scale producers.
  • The peasant food web conserves approximately 50,000 species of wild relatives, breeds and nurtures 7,000 food crop species and has contributed over 2 million food and feed varieties.
  • Commit States to transition to an ecological-based and socially fair and inclusive food and agriculture systems as outlined in this document.
  • States can immediately start to implement actions locallysuch as prioritizing the procurement of public goods in public spending rather than solely providing input subsidies.
  • Implementation is urgent.

UN Conference on Sustainable Development

Author: Ed

Ed is the founder of Sustaination. He believes that a better world is possibly, desirable, and necessary, and gets rather frustrated by people who aren't prepared to give it a try.


  1. Please come to the US!!! You can hook up with http://certifiedhumane.org, something like this is desperately needed here!

  2. Hi! Yes we’re hoping to partner with peiople in the US as soon as we can! In the meantime check out http://www.realtimefarms.com and http://www.localdirt.com!

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