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The Russians Prove Small Scale Organic CAN Feed the World

Christina Sarich
May 29th, 2013
Updated 05/07/2014 at 11:01 pm
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nature hands 263x164 The Russians Prove Small Scale Organic CAN Feed the WorldIf you’ve already been through an economic collapse, you might know a thing or two about how to feed your family with little money. More importantly, you might know how to do it without pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and GMO seed. On a total of about 20 million acres managed by over 35 million Russian families, Russians are carrying on an old-world technique, which we Americans might learn from. They are growing their own organic crops - and it’s working.

According to some statistics, they grow 92% of the entire countries’ potatoes, 77% of its vegetables, 87% of its fruit, and feed 71% of the entire population from privately owned, organic farms or house gardens all across the country. These aren’t huge Agro-farms run by pharmaceutical companies; these are small family farms and less-than-an-acre gardens.

A recent report from Agro-ecology and the Right to Food says that organic and sustainable small-scale farming could double food production in the parts of the world where hunger is the biggest issue. Within five to 10 years we could see a big jump in crop cultivation. It could also take the teeth out of GMO business in the US.

According to World Watch, we can also farm fish responsibly and feed the planet. Sustainable fish farms along with organic gardening are becoming the new agro-business.

“Farmed seafood has certain advantages over wild fish in meeting modern demand. For a global marketplace that demands increasingly predictable products—uniform-sized fillets available year-round, free of the vagaries of weather or open-ocean fishing—fish farming delivers this predictability. Farms are also becoming more productive, raising fish at a lower cost and expanding the potential market.” (Brian Halwell, Farming Fish for the Future).

As long as this is done in sustainable ways without GMO salmon, we really can feed over 7 billion people.

Unfortunately, not all of us want to utilize organic farming. Purchasing 500,000 shares of Monsanto stock in 2012, Bill Gates is just one key figure who argues that GMOs are an absolute necessity in order to fight global starvation. Of course along with ‘saving the world from starvation’, GMO crops also bring along a large number of unwanted health and environmental effects. This isn’t even considering the fact that long term, we truly don’t know what kind of impact this will have on the earth on a major scale. Though we do know once everything is GMO, it will be virtually impossible to go back to a natural world.

Check out NaturalSociety’s YouTube Channel for some recent videos on the March Against Monsanto event occurring in Philadelphia, PA. The videos offer some educational information along with a look at how people everywhere reject Monsanto and genetically modified organisms. Say goodbye to GMOs. We don’t need them.

“We won’t solve hunger and stop climate change with industrial farming on large plantations,” says Olivier De Schutter.

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  • jbecket

    Nicely ironic as the Soviet collectivization of agriculture was celebrated with machines and smiling peasants. It didn’t work out that well. And when the USSR collapsed Cuba which had adopted the agroindustrial Soviet model with chemical agriculture, no longer could afford these expense imported inputs so times were dire during the ‘special period’. But within five years switching to small plots and organic, Cuba became the most organic and sustainable country in the world. Ou rod necessity, but it’s working.

    • LysolMotorola

      Organic and sustainable does NOT mean the same thing as being able to feed one’s own people.. But, at least they can (the progressives among them) feel good about themselves as they slowly starve to death.

  • jackgm

    In this article, there is such a crucial message for environment, health and your grand kids’ life’s sake and you pathetic person are pointing out grammatical errors out of it. What a low life you are! Know where to joke at-least

  • Energetic Advantage

    I think this is a most IMPORTANT article of INSPIRATION…and I will continue to share this around – a LOT!! Thank you!!!

  • Ian Cooper

    "they grow 92% of the entire countries’ potatoes"

    Hopefully the writer was not educated in the use of the English language. If she was, then she should know that when you're talking about a single country, it doesn't suddenly split into multiple countries when you talk about potatoes. I realize the old Soviet Union did split apart, but that time is over.

    The word she's looking for is "country's".

    • david

      wow…very annoying! And incase I wasn't.clear I ment you, not her grammar…!

    • Brandon

      Get a life, and quit being snooty. Reading comprehension is much more important than perfect grammar and punctuation. Sum1 t4lk1n l1ke dis" is a different story, but that obviously isn't the case. Get over it . Seriously. You're being pathetic.

    • Kristy

      Thank you Ian Cooper, I know anyone who wants to be clear will use correct grammar. It is good when people help others to communicate clearly. Good job.

  • sarah hall

    have you heard of the books series Anastasia. Its all in there!

    • sarah hall

      This is the link for the book series that I mentioned above

    • John Bleeker

      I am so glad you mentioned ANASTASIA. I have read al 8 Books. Al the answers we need in life, are in those books. I am a real bookworm, but those are the most beautiful books I ever read. It realy made a deep impression on me.

    • ny gardener

      The past two years I have used the methods she suggested to prepare seeds for planting plus I use the Farmer's Almanac for best days to plant. I'm a novice at gardening, but I have had wonderful results. a big fan

  • Bob Bryan

    Unfortunately we need the land mass to do this. Although we have plenty of land, I don't think the government would allow its use for anything natural…Industrial! Of course. This country is headed to a time where we'll have to hide everything that is good and natural (until somehow they can put a tax on it) and live in fear of not conforming to the medical/pharmalogical mass. Is it possible, that if we don't somehow gain control, we will lose this country? It's frustrating when we call out, yell and scream but our voices are not heard. Bravo to places like Portland re; fluoridation removal and Canada – for if things don't change soon, I'm going to where voices are heard (and I don't mean that way!) I will ask this question again: What can we do to unite and rebel without being thrown in jail or murdered? I'm not one to run from anything but this country is letting itself be destroyed and the country life's looking better all the time.

  • Nelia

    Don’t be silly! Even people in Russian do not grow their own crops without pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. They say that nothing wants to grow the old way any more. But, if they grow the crops for sale – they overdose it with all the chemicals, because they want to make money really quickly.:(

  • Monty

    An organic natural world,
    Is far superior to anything we have today.

  • tron

    There are two problems with natural foods – corporations don’t make money off it and politicians can’t tax it. I tried to get a country wide project through my congresswoman that secured water and jobs. NOT INTERESTED!

    Food for thought. Gates started a small company that shot through the roof. Do you really think he would be allowed if it wasn’t sanctioned?

  • tron

    There are two problems with natural foods – corporations don’t make money off it and politicians can’t tax it. I tried to get a country wide project through my congresswoman that secured water and jobs. NOT INTERESTED!
    Food for thought. Gates started a small company that shot through the roof. Do you really t4hink he would be allowed if it wasn’t sanctioned?

  • amarushayatranquilsanctuary

    Your info on fishfarms is a bit off. Most fish die or have diseases. They are also fed a lot of antibiotics and other medicine. Too crowded. The real problem is some escape and are making fish in the wild sick. Watch a docu on wild salmon on the internet. Many wild Sockeye salmon following a certain route that leads along many salmonfishfarms have now dwindled. Many females swimming upstream die before they spawn. Nothing organic about this. Again nothing can beat nature. And if we have any luck the Frankenstein salmon is approved and will be farmed far from the US/Canada. Some will escape, again. And will then most likely destroy most of the wild species, either because they are bigger, eat them or again by disease.

    • chela

      Not always true, look into aquaponics.

      • amarushayatranquilsanctuary

        I do not compare fishfarming to aquaponics. Believe them to be totally different. I feel it confuses the debate.… I already avoided farmed salmon, knowing it equates to chemical poisoning and you should not eat it more then once a week. With a failing health i do not even risk that. I became more aware after seeing the following docu about wild salmon I love the idea of aquaponics, but it seems to be very labourintensive to set it up and beyond my knowledge, i am sorry/ashamed to say.

        • Ingrid

          Aquaponics does not confuse the debate. It offers a healthy, sustainable, economic, viable alternative to everything thing else related to fishing. In my opinion, now that all the tuna are contaminated due to fukushima, we can assume that all other fish are , as well.
          Screw commercial food producers. Grow your own vegetables and protein via aquaponics. You can do vertical gardening, raised bed gardening, you can have many vine type plants grow up along side a lattice, etc. this makes gardening much easier for people with back, neck, knee issues.
          Do not be a simpleton and only debate two versions of an issue.

          • amarushayatranquilsanctuary

            you did not get my reply. Again i love the idea of aquaponics. What i mean it confuses the debate about the dangers of commercial fishfarming and the coming Frankenstein GE Salmon. I understood fishermen on the coast of Fukushima are starting up fishing again. Overhere in the Netherlands the media claims Fukushima was well handled and did not cause much harm. Much less then Tsjernobyl.

  • ida wijninga

    we've been back from a trip tp romania. everybody with a plot of land is growing their own crop as well. out of POVERTY.
    old men and women do the work and watch over their grandchildren. with only a 'hak' spade etc. they work the fields.
    their children work in other countries like greece, italy, israel etc. what you can see in the markets are potatoes, tomatoes, cabbages, carrots and onions. nothing more. they don't eat much meat. onely a chicken once in a while. but they are tough friendly, patient. these old people survived dictators, wars etc.
    it's not romantic
    it is hard work
    but it is a life.

    • Debbie

      It truly is romantic to be able to cultivate from seed to table. And I would just bet that obesity in that country is not a problem. European countries seem to be more advanced in the approach to gardening. Both for visual and consumption of food. SMALL refrigerators there as most all of their veggies are bought same day as well as fresh bread, cream, eggs, etc. And all local. Add the cost of petrol and many choose to grow gardens and crops instead of mowing vast areas. A beautiful and beneficial nourishment to Mother Earth.
      Perhaps here in the US, it is too easy to watch tv and go to a drive-thru. I think that this country has become too lax and lazy to get off fat buts and grow something healthy!
      I grow gardens here…. no tv and no gym fees so that I can afford my taxes!
      And yes, gardening does teach patience… which I might add would be a benefit to the previous post about "Stupid wars".

    • Ingrid

      doing life sustaining work has never been romantic. It has always been hard.
      Until the past six decades it was simply life……unless you were wealthy.
      Why does everything need to be compared to romantic? Does not make any sense to me.
      Also, it seems to me that these people should certainly be able to grow squash, cucumbers, beets, peas, green beans, broccoli etc. wonder why they do not do so.
      I would also like to know why they do not have small chicken coops, or even goats for milk and cheese. A small flock of chickens can provide valuable protein via eggs.
      Just wondering if you know……….

  • xplorexpress

    Good for you Russia! Yes we can feed the world and have no more misery if we go back to organic farming and… stop the stupid wars.