New scientific paper proposes ‘paradigm shift’ in sustainable agriculture

Everyone agrees – in theory at least – that the priority for farming should be ‘sustainable intensification’, producing much more food primarily through achieving increased yields rather than ploughing up more land or using increased amounts of other inputs such as fertiliser and water.

This is supposed to replace the Green Revolution that began in the 1960s, which succeeded in staving off the threat of global famine by dramatically increasing production of staple crops, but at the cost of accelerating environmental impact.

But what if the current definition of sustainable intensification is also too narrow?

Everyone agrees – in theory at least – that the priority for farming should be ‘sustainable intensification’, producing much more food primarily through achieving increased yields rather than ploughing up more land or using increased amounts of other inputs such as fertiliser and water. This is supposed to replace the Green Revolution that began in the 1960s, which succeeded in staving off the threat of global famine by dramatically increasing production of staple crops, but at the cost of accelerating environmental impact. But what if the current definition of sustainable intensification is also too narrow?

 

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