Never Ending Food recently had an article published in the peer-reviewed ‘World Nutrition Journal‘. The article, entitled ‘Food, the Source Nutrition‘, takes a comparative look at the nutritional differences between conventional monocropped agriculture and diverse polycultural systems (such as those used in Permaculture Design and Agroecology). The following is an excerpt from the article:
“Agricultural diversification is one of the best ways to increase yields, while simultaneously achieving nutrition security, which is defined as “secure access to an appropriately nutritious diet (i.e., protein, carbohydrate, fat, vitamins, minerals, and water) coupled with a sanitary environment and adequate health services and care, in order to ensure a healthy and active life for all household members”. Malawi’s over-reliance on the ‘green revolution’ monocropping of maize helps to highlight the incredible short-sightedness of such approaches. In 2005, the country launched the Farm Input Subsidy Programme, which was designed to heavily subsidize the costs of synthetic fertilizers and hybridized maize seed. The costs associated with this program have been in the hundreds of millions of US dollars and often account for more than 50% of the nation’s entire annual agricultural budget.”
If you are interested in learning more about truly sustainable solutions, we would encourage you to take the time to read the article in its entirety.