An environment expert is encouraging farmers to switch to organic agriculture as a hedge against climate change.
Dr. Victoria Espaldon, professor and dean of the School of Environmental Management of the University of the Philippines at Los Baños (UPLB-SEM), made the pitch in a seminar held in conjunction with the 7th National Agriculture and Fisheries Technology Forum and Product Exhibition organized by the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR).
Organic agriculture and diversified farming are the antidote to global warming, she said. “It is imperative that the agriculture sector adapt to climate change.”
She also asked farmers not to be overly concerned with eliminating weeds that are actually, structurally and genetically akin to organic fertilizer apart from possessing compounds with anti-cancer properties and characteristics with high pharmaceutical potential.
Espaldon emphasized the significant impact that organic farming and crop diversification could bring to the farming communities.
Continue reading at Manila Bulletin