Earlier today, we introduced some of the farmers who will participate in the Global Farmer-to-Farmer Roundtable. Here is what other farmers have to say about the state of global agriculture.
What misperceptions about global agriculture would you most like to correct? Why do you think the misperception exists?
Grant Dyck (Canada): The biggest misconception is around biotechnology. Many activists would have you believe it is harmful to the environment and yet I see it as having a very positive effect on producing crops in a more sustainable way (i.e. more production per acre with less harmful environmental impacts relating to soil, water and energy use).
Roberto Peiretti (Argentina): The greatest misperception about global agriculture is the lack of a proper comprehension of the crucial and so far non-replaceable role that the agricultural global food system plays at producing the food for humanity. Our civilization, as we know it at the present, would not be viable without agriculture. To properly understand the meaning of the previous statement it should have taken into consideration that if hypothetically agriculture would stop its operation today, the global food stock in average would be exhausted in around sixty days.