Occupation farmer It is one of the most important in the world because thanks to this activity it is possible to achieve self-sufficiency in food. In numbers, of Mexico’s 127.8 million inhabitants, a total of 9.3 million produce and transform agricultural goods, while 5.4 million work directly in agricultural activities.
Currently, agricultural industry it generates 10% of the gross domestic product (GDP) in Mexico, which is equivalent to a total of 24.6 million hectares dedicated to agricultural production, where Mexican farmers generate 55% of what we consume daily in each meal.
Since it is the primary activity in Mexico, thousands of families have been able to survive on it, and thus Mexico has become the world’s eighth exporter of rural inputs, with a trade surplus during 2020 of $8.824 million, the highest in 25 years.
The work of the peasants is recognized as the driver and generator of agricultural wealth in the country and its efforts to keep its population fed. This celebration is dedicated to June 24 as a special day of honoring and thanking Mother Earth for the fruits she gives to man.
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Farmers and concern for sustainable practices
The ecological agriculture He raised awareness that food production must undergo significant changes in terms of environmental impact. Farmers and consumers are increasingly aware of the impact of soil management on the health of our planet, and thus on human health.
There may be disagreements about an effective alternative, but there is no doubt that organic farming is as well regenerative agriculturehe pointed out the problem, therefore he proposes a change.
Namely, the pandemic has developed a need for locally produced and healthier food. This is even more applicable in the case of new generations, who are asking more and more how food is produced which are consumed and how it affects health.
The importance of conservation agriculture
The Conservation agriculture enables progress in this sense: in three years of work in Sinaloa and Guanajuato, the adoption of sustainable agricultural practices was promoted on almost 7 thousand hectares, increasing the average productivity of corn by 36%. In 2021 alone, we worked with more than 350 farmers in those two states alone, impacting more than 2,400 hectares and producing nearly 26,000 tons of yellow corn with sustainable practices and intensification technologies.
If it is considered to be agricultural sector responsible for 24% of greenhouse gases and 70% of water abstraction in rivers, lakes and aquifers, then the new model of sustainable production and consumption must aim for a lower impact on the environment and greater productivity and benefits for the producer. Furthermore, with each degree of increase in the Earth’s temperature, grain production decreases by an average of 5%.
According to United Nations, making agricultural and food systems sustainable and builders of social peace was and must continue to be part of societies’ response to rebuilding and dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. Furthermore, building and strengthening alliances to transform production and consumption patterns is essential to ensure food availability by 2030.
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