On April 23rd, IFOAM – Organics International in collaboration with the Global Landscapes Forum, will host a digital forum that aims to answer the question: What will happen to smallholder farmers as the trend toward lab-grown food attempts to address our current unsustainable agriculture model? Participants will explore topics related to sustainable food systems, incentification for farmers, reducing the impact of unsustainable agriculture on biodiversity and livelihoods, how to equip farmers with the skills and knowledge they want and need and much more. Prep for the forum with these knowledge products.
Food without farmers: Is this the future we want?
The recent IPCC report showed that our food systems are estimated to cause up to 29% of global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. This is due to unsustainable crop and livestock production as well as deforestation. Estimates show that agriculture is responsible for 80% of deforestation worldwide. The world is on the cusp of a new technological era, meaning most of our food could stem from unicellular life in the lab, and not from farms.