TURNING CRISIS INTO POTENTIAL FOR UKRAINE, ITALY, AND THE EU
If we think about it, the results of biodiversity loss, soil degradation, and impoverishment are always replicated at the human level, with wars and conflicts affecting families and entire, leading to mass-scale displacement and migration. If food sustainability means food security, it is crucial to rethink our approach to the Planet and its resources to achieve resilient ecosystems and societies. Short-term financial measures are not enough to deal with the current humanitarian, economic, and overall environmental crises. What we need are long-term plans of action which can reconsider the relationship between humans and the environment on the whole.
Food, as the first and most essential nexus between humanity and nature (especially soils), can represent the leverage to restore integral ecological regeneration. Increasing studies already confirm the advantages of regenerative agriculture and organic farming, which can be found in their fundamental mitigation and adaptation roles in fighting climate change, higher levels of micronutrients compared to conventional agriculture, stronger ecological services in the medium-long term, and even greater benefits for the local community.
Starting from sustainable food production and the exchange of regenerative practices, people can learn how to gather and reconnect to both Nature and human values.
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Note: “I am truly thankful to the co-author of this article, Kateryna Shor, Project Manager at Information Center Green Dossier, an environmental NGO established in Ukraine in 1994 and National Coordinator in Ukraine OT4D Program at IFOAM — Organics International.” – Sara Roversi