26 septiembre, 2020

After COVID19 pandemics crisis, there will be no going back to «normal» because «normality» and industrial farming are the root of the problem: Miguel Altieri

ALBERTO AZCARATE VARELA
THE BAJA POST/NEWSROOM

After the crisis due to the current pandemic, “there will be no return to normal”, because “normal” was the root of the problem: industrial agriculture systems that in the search for greater production promoted the homogeneity of crops, which decreased their resilience. In the end, agribusiness only feeds 30% of the population even though it uses up to 80% of the arable land and consumes many resources.

The renowned scientist Miguel Altieri, researcher at the Latin American Center for Agro Ecological Research, explained the above when participating in the International Seminar Agroecosystems: food, biodiversity and resilience, organized by the Ministry of the Environment and the Universidad Autónoma Chapingo (UACH), within the cycle of videoconferences that is transmitted on Tuesdays and Thursdays in August and September, at 5:00 p.m.

Together with his colleague Clara Nicholls, from the Latin American Research Center, Altieri spoke on the topic Scientific bases for the design of resilinecies agroecosystems in the scenario expected after COVID-19 and that has resulted in four interrelated crises: economic, energy, food and ecological.

At the same time, Nicholls stressed that the reduction of resilience has also become a disadvantage to face climate change, and agreed with Altieri in underlining that the solution is agro ecology which, in addition to guaranteeing greater production with fewer resources and more efficiency, it can help you regain the resilience you need to cope with the effects of weather and economic problems. The videoconferences of this international seminar on agro ecosystems will continue to be given on Tuesday and Thursday, at 5:00 p.m., until September 29 and can be viewed via facebook.com/Semarnatmx/live y http://www.semarnat.gob.mx/mensaje/.


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