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Small farms may be better for food security and biodiversity

Small farms may be better for food security and biodiversity

Small farms may be better for food security and biodiversity June 16, 2011 | Leave a comment Is small-scale farming a practical way to feed seven billion people? (Credit: Sarah Robertson via Flickr). By David Suzuki with contributions from Ian Hanington, Communications and Editorial Specialist We often assume the only way to feed the world's rapidly growing human population is with large-scale industrial agriculture. Many would argue that genetically altering food crops is also necessary to produce large enough quantities on smaller areas to feed the world's people. But recent scientific research is challenging those assumptions. Our global approaches to agriculture are critical. To begin, close to one billion people are malnourished and many more are finding it difficult to feed their families as food prices increase. But is large-scale industrial farming the answer? Larg...

Full article: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/science-matters/2011/06/...

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