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The European Organic Congress will take place September 10-12, 2014 in Bari, Italy. Read more

 

 

18th IFOAM Organic World Congress, ICEC, 13-15 October, 2014, Istanbul.
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A ½ day seminar: Agro-biodiversity and Ecosystem services


Presentation by Ivette Perfecto, Professor in Ecology and Natural Resources, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan, USA

Summary:
The impact of agro-biodiversity and eco-system services in development or A new vision for a just, sustainable and productive agriculture

 

In this presentation I challenge the assumption that increasing yields should be a priority under all circumstances.

Today we produce enough food to feed the world but still there are 1 billion people that are hungry. The problem is not that there isn’t enough food but the poor people don’t have access to that food.
 

 

Then I examine the relationship between biodiversity and agriculture and the idea that biodiversity provides ecosystem services. I describe an example showing that complex ecological interaction result in the control of insect pests. Then I discuss the debate between two paradigms regarding agriculture and conservation of biodiverisy: separation (land sparing) versus integration (land sharing), and argue that the separation paradigm is flawed.

I finish with a discussion of what I perceived is needed to solve the biodiversity and food crises in the world: a focus on small-scale agroecological farms with strong social and ecological relationships.

     

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