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Leben und Studieren in Mexiko

http://www.uni-goettingen.de/de/laenderabend-mexiko/3218.html?cid=21269&date=2012-06-25

25. Juni 2012, 18:00 – 22:00 Uhr

Leben und Studieren in Mexiko: Länderabend mit Studien- und Länderinformationen, landestypischem Essen und Musik

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen – Veranstaltungskalender

http://www.uni-goettingen.de

Webseiten der Georg-August-Universität Göttingen


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Global Organic Research Network (IGORN)

The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements is in Rio addressing the lack of support from mainstream research funders. They have created the Global Organic Research Network (IGORN) which will showcase organic science and farming practices, in an attempt to garner funding for establishing a series of research centres in the developing world, and mainstreaming organic research and farming. The network will be launched in 2013.

The move follows the failure of the Organic Research Centres Alliance (ORCA) — initiated in 2009 — to establish an organic farming centre coordinated by the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers (CGIAR), and to set up research centres across the developing world.

Although the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) funded a website for the project, the idea made little progress.

This was because the “CGIAR at that time was not very welcoming”, said Urs Niggli, director of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and a professor at the University of Kassel-Witzenhausen, Germany. He said recent reforms to the CGIAR economic landscape had removed the possibility of funding such a network.

Hans Herren, president of the Millennium Institute, in Washington DC, said at the same event that the CGIAR was stuck in its “system-wide programmes” framework, which focuses on boosting yields through conventional, industrial-type agriculture and monocultures. This ignored issues related to soil health and an integrated and holistic approach to agriculture, he said, which the new network is hoping to address. Although Europe has increased funding for Organic research —becoming a global sector leader over the past ten years — Australia, Canada and the United States have been “very sceptical of supporting organic research” … “Donors think Organic is not opening the way for new technologies; this seems to be a major obstacle.”


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Organic Yields

Sorry for the capitol letters here folks. They are loud with a smile!

There have been a lot of papers out lately comparing the yields of Organic and Conventional farming. However, I say that any study which takes a yield comparison and then talks about global hunger is JUST PLAIN CRAZY. There is no relationship between yields and hunger.

Amartya Sen won the Nobel Peace prize for his work looking at the history of famines. He discovered that the problem of hunger is NOT the lack of food but the LACK OF ACCESS to food. We have never produced so much food before and now grow enough to make EVERYONE FAT.. Yet, somehow many people (even in developed countries) are hungry and many are starving.

The REAL problem is the myopic economic-based view of both community and global development. Food should not be seen as a commodity but as a HUMAN RIGHT. – Getting the unsustainable short term chemical based high yields and then using those yields to make fuel, or putting it through a food system that wastes more than 30% of the food… That is the problem.

We are not ‘feeding’ people we are nourishing them. We are not producing and consuming for the best value. We are interacting with nature and with each other.

Small scale Organic local food. This is the solution.