Food, feed, fuel or fibre?
Farming – should we be focusing on food, feed, fuel or fibre?
That’s a question many are grappling with these days as agriculture spreads into areas beyond traditional production of food for people and feed for animals.
Can we do it all? How can we do it sustainably? On a global scale, yet locally?
A new global call-to-action plan called Farming First has been launched to draw attention to this debate and encourage collaboration to come up with solutions.
The plan suggests six inter-linked principles for locally sustainable development: safeguarding natural resources, sharing knowledge, building local access, protecting harvests, enabling access to markets and prioritising research needs.
To learn more about the need for food security and locally sustainable farming or to show your support for the initiative, visit www.farmingfirst.org.