New research corroborates the Biovision approach

17.11.2017

"Organic farming can make an important contribution to global food supplies". "Healthier eating protects the environment". These are the findings of two recent studies published in Switzerland, both of which affirm the longstanding position adopted by Biovision.

Forecasts by the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) for 2050 are dire: With a global population of 9 billion and unchanged patterns of production and consumption, the world is threatened with collapse: The planet will face increased hunger, degraded, unusable soils and unbridled global warming. The aim of the study by researchers from FIBL, the Swiss Research Institute of Organic Agriculture in Frick, the FAO, the University of Aberdeen, the Alpen-Adria University in Klagenfurt and ETH Zurich was to identify ways out of this impasse. Researchers found that the ideal solution was a combination of several different strategies with organic agriculture playing a central role. In addition, we need to reduce food waste, dispense with concentrated feed and reduce the consumption of meat products. In this case, we could guarantee world food supplies even with a global population of 9 billion. Such action would also reduce greenhouse gases and significantly lessen the negative impacts of current intensive agricultural systems (excessive nitrogen use and high levels of pesticide residues).

The second study, published by Agroscope, the Swiss centre of excellence for agricultural research, documented the environmental relevance of dietary patterns and food waste. Overall, the Agroscope analysis showed that our diet is far from optimal if we want to protect the environment and manage resources and so there is considerable potential for improvements.

Business as usual is NOT an option

"The study corroborates our longstanding position as an advocate of change in the course of global agriculture!" says Hans Herren, founder and President of Biovision, who sees the study as a confirmation of his almost 20-year commitment. "Provided we bring about a consistent transition to agro-ecological methods, including their promotion and also implement sustainable production chains and raise consumer awareness, we can provide healthy food for the entire global population whilst still preserving the environment." Based on the findings of the International Assessment of Agriculture, Science and Knowledge for Development (IAASTD), our own successful programmes in sub-Sahara Africa and close cooperation with scientific partners, Biovision has, since 1998, been calling for better food security and living conditions in rural areas as well as the sustainable use of natural resources by introducing policies in favour of sustainable agriculture and food systems.

"All organic – always better?"

How healthy is organic food for the world? This question is the focus of the Biovision Symposium on Saturday, 18 November 2018 in Zurich from 14.00 – 17.00 hours at the Zürcher Volkshaus. Entry is free.

> Media Release FiBL

> Agroscope Study (only available in german)