"Sustainably grown food is guaranteed through ecological farming, which combines indigenous knowledge, modern science and innovation with respect for nature and biodiversity. It ensures healthy farming and healthy food. It protects the soil, water and the climate. It does not contaminate the environment with chemical inputs or use genetically engineered organisms. It places people and farmers – consumers and producers, not corporations who control our food now – at its very heart."
A recent article in Africa Science News underscored the importance of the youth initiative in supporting the necessity of ecological agriculture for the future of food production. One of the inherent tenets of ecological agriculture is local control of the food chains from farm production to consumer, so It is especially encouraging to see youth promote the ideal of direct market local farming to their government:
“The Kenya we want today and for tomorrow is one where we have informed consumption of our food. Food must not be viewed as a commodity for commercial exchange, but rather one that is a necessity in our lives. We demand a food system where all farmers and consumers benefit from the diversity of food grown sustainably"
You can help on a community level by supporting local farms and buying direct from a farmer you know. Check out the Certified Naturally Grown website to find a farmer near you. To learn more about how our farming vision is based on ecological agriculture, please visit our farming page. You can read the full Africa Science News article here.