As such, increased support to agroecology shall contribute to re-balancing competition between large, industrial-size farms and smaller farms, which at the moment is significantly skewed in favour of the former.

Greater diversity, better health

And agroecology promotes better nutrition, both because greater diversity on the farm results in greater diversity in the plates for the communities who produce their own food, and because of the proven benefits to health. Organic crops, recent studies show, have up to 60 per cent higher numbers of key antioxidants than conventionally-grown ones, and of course show much lower levels of pesticide residues and of toxic heavy metals, such as cadmium, than industrially grown crops. Most importantly, agroecology represents a shift away from the quasi exclusive focus on growing large cereals in monocultures, which over the past 30 years has in fact reduced the diversity of the plants on which our diets are based, and has favoured an ever-increasing reliance on heavily processed foods that are richer in saturated fats and in added sugars and salt.