Small-Scale Farmers Cool the Planet

A 17-minute documentary highlighting the role of industrial agriculture in climate change while expounding on how small farmers are combating the climate crisis through regenerative organic agriculture.

The industrial food system is a major contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions. Industrial agriculture practices, like Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), large-scale monocultures, overuse and abuse of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, fossil fuel intensive transportation, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) among others, all generate significant amounts of GHGs, not to mention underpin an inequitable and unhealthy food system.

Conversely, small-scale regenerative organic farming not only emits less greenhouse gases than industrial agriculture, but has the potential to reverse climate change by successfully sequestering carbon dioxide and emitting significantly less nitrous oxide and methane as compared to industrial agriculture. According to the Rodale Institute, small farmers and pastoralists could sequester more than 100% of current annual CO 2 emissions with a switch to widely available, safe and inexpensive agroecological management practices. Importantly, agroecology can not only sequester upwards of 7,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per acre per year, but actually boosts crop yields. However, small-scale farmers and producers unfairly bear the brunt of climate impacts, threatening their communities and livelihoods.

Support small and family scale farmers at home and abroad. Regenerative small farming not only emits less greenhouse gases than industrial agriculture, but also has the potential to reverse climate change by successfully significant sequestering CO2. Importantly, according to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, small farmers hold the key to doubling food production while mitigating climate change and alleviating rural poverty. In fact, recent studies by the GRAIN demonstrate small farmers already feed the majority of the world with less than a quarter of all farmland.

Three Part Harmony Farm is part of a community that grows, sells and eats healthy food. Local food production through urban farming saves energy and promotes food sovereignty by taking a step towards breaking the dependence on a fragile and increasingly unwieldy global food system. Join us in the fields and sign up to become part of Community Supported Agriculture.