22 Aug '11, 2pm

UNEP: Farming Can Double Production, Protect Ecosystems

UNEP: Farming Can Double Production, Protect Ecosystems

A “radical overhaul” in agriculture could double production while protecting ecosystems, according to a report released today by the United Nations Environment Program and the International Water Management Institute. The authors warn, however, that the world must act quickly to save the Earth’s breadbasket areas, where resource depletion is so severe that it threatens to decimate global supplies of fresh water and cripple agricultural systems worldwide. The report, An Ecosystem Services Approach to Water and Food Security , says an urgent rethink is needed on strategies for intensifying agriculture, given that food production already accounts for 70 to 90 percent of withdrawals from available water resources in some areas. The analysis finds that in many breadbaskets, including the western U.S., plains of northern China and India’s Punjab, water limits are close to being ...

Full article: http://www.environmentalleader.com/2011/08/22/unep-farmin...

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