Small Farms can Feed the Hungry

When it comes to discussions of food and agricultural policies the question is frequently raised of how can we feed the poor and the hungry people of the world. For the past 50 years the mainstream idea has been that the subsidized production of specialized commodity crops provides the cheapest production of calories possible and that therefore those in hunger with little money would be able to afford more food. But recently their has been a major movement contouring this argument which believes that the production of the most calories both cheaply and environmentally in a local diversified system would be a better option. A newly published study showed that “small family farms can match or exceed the productivity of industrial-scale operations” another states “That’s the kind of agriculture that’s friendly to biodiversity, and that’s the kind of agriculture that peasant farmers actually do.” Maybe its time to take another look at our standards for agriculture and our food system.

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