What is more basic to our survival than our food system? However, in addition to being implicated as a cause of the Covid 19 pandemic, our current industrial agriculture-based food system is responsible for 21-37% of total human-caused greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity loss, waste and pollution. water pollution, transportation, deforestation, soil degradation and more, making industrial agriculture one of the world's leading polluters. Transforming our food system could be an important part of the solutions we need. A shift towards regenerative agriculture along with support for local food production offers a way to feed the world in harmony with nature, fight climate change and help improve people's health through healthier diets.
Ercilia Sahores is a founding member and Latin America Director of Regeneration International. She is also a campaign director for the Mexico-based Association of Organic Consumers and works with Via Organica in San Miguel de Allende. She has more than 15 years of campaigning and organizing experience in low-income communities and rural areas.