“Business as usual is not an option”, claimed the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD). This 4-year assessment endeavor was commissioned by the World Bank and six United Nations agencies, and it involved some 400 scientists around the world.
This June, when nations of the world gather in Rio for the U.N. Summit for Sustainable Development (Rio+20), they will have the opportunity to address the failings of the global food system. Let’s do everything in our power to make sure that they commit to implementing the public policies that we need, as suggested by IAASTD, in order to ensure that our planet will nourish us abundantly for generations to come.
Please demand that the United States, the world’s most powerful supporter of industrial agriculture, show up at Rio+20 next June with a strong commitment to the five requests for policy and regulatory changes that are spelled out in the petition letter. They address antibiotics, perverse subsidies, food sovereignty, animal by-products and the commitment to agroecology.
Go to nourish9billion.org to join the movement, to partake in the conversation about our food system, to take this campaign to your community.
Commit to a new public policy to support sustainable agriculture
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