Towards an organic future

Devinder Sharma
At a time when global temperatures are soaring, a study by a French think tank — Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) — has shown that agro-ecological farming has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Europe by 47% and thereby keep the global temperature rise below 2°C.

The study comes at a time when the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation is already talking of green direct payments to organic farmers who opt for sustainable farming practices. At the Regional Symposium on Agro-ecology for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems for Europe and Central Asia-2016, one recommendation was to shift 30% of the European budget on agriculture to green direct payments. The study shows that agro-ecological farming will bring down pesticide consumption by 3.8 lakh tonne per year in European farming.