Annual Report of IFOAM – Change for Good 2018
In 2018, IFOAM published the annual report with the focus on the progress of the Organic Agriculture sector. Globally, chemical based agriculture is now responsible for causing more environmental harm than good; it is currently financially more advantageous to harm the environment, exploit people and negatively affect their health, than it is to protect and enhance our natural resources, and strive for the well-being of our society.
Careful inspection reveals that inherently flawed systems make humanity transgress planetary boundaries. We at IFOAM – Organics International want to have an honest conversation about this, at all levels. We do not shy away, and we call things as they are: Perverse incentives based on the interests of a few – people and companies – uphold the current, destructive system that neglects the common good.
Organic 3.0 initiates is a transformation towards truly sustainable agriculture. IFOAM – Organics International understands its responsibility to not only look at how to improve and upscale organic, but also at how to move agriculture as a whole forward. If we are perfectly honest, we must also acknowledge that while organic has achieved a lot, it has a long way to go in order to make such a transformation happen.
Because we understand that our strength lies in our numbers, teaming up with people from around the world who believe they can contribute to positive change allows us to amplify our messages while taking an honest and critical look at our food systems.
The principles of organic agriculture and the support of our membership and Self-organized Structures inspire us to move ahead. Thank you for providing essential support that we can continue to count on in the days and years ahead.