How Organic Agriculture is Part of the Solution for SDGs
In Zenxin, we strongly believe that by supporting organic farming, we are also supporting United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) attributed to the positive and unharmful effects of organic farming. As there was almost no hesitation in accepting the invites to be part of the SDGs campaign, spearheaded by Dutch organic specialist Eosta when they reached out to us.
It’s even more exciting to know that organisations from all around the world are part of this joint international campaign, including: IFOAM, Organic Sweden, Pro Luomu (Finland), Soil Association (UK), Organic Denmark, Bio Austria, Bioforum Vlaanderen and Wallonie, Irish Organic Board, Bionext (The Netherlands), Assobio (Italy), Ecovia (Spain) Oikos (Norway) and numerous organisations in the US, Canada and Japan- with the common goal of sharing how organic can be part of the solution for a more sustainable future across global organic sector.
We will continue striving to become a responsible organic food grower, distributor and retailer, like how we define one of our business missions- Build a sustainable organic business which benefits the consumers, the societies, the investors, the coworkers, the suppliers and all involved.
Part Of The Solution – Organic Agriculture and the Sustainable Development Goals
‘Shift to organic agriculture vital for sustainable food systems’, finds study
If we are to maintain sustainable food systems for future generations and tackle the many challenges facing our planet, including the climate crisis, governments would be wise to embrace organic farming practices.
A new, independent study conducted by students at the Netherlands-based University of Twente, found that adopting organic agriculture is crucial to meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The report, Organic Agriculture and the Sustainable Development Goals, is launched on 25 September to mark the official anniversary of UN SDGs, concluded that switching to organic agriculture can achieve eight of the 17 SDGs, including taking urgent action against climate change, protecting biodiversity, addressing hunger and ensuring clean water for all.
The study, which was commissioned by Eosta has been shared across the global organic sector, looked at how organic agriculture can contribute towards meeting the UN SDGs. The research concludes that a move towards organic must play a central role if the UN objectives are to be met and we have any chance of tackling the many grave challenges facing the planet.
How Local Organic Farming Contributes to SDGs?
Teik Kiang and Father –
Organic Vegetables in Kampung Raja, Cameron Highland, Malaysia
Teik Kiang and father started to convert to organic farming in 2011, after the father has been practicing conventional farming for decades in the farm where they are living in Kampung Raja, Cameron Highland. Teik Kiang remembered that when the workers spray pesticides, they were told to close the windows and they have to inform their neighbours to close the windows too when they start spraying. However, even with the closed windows, they could smell pesticides at home.
After obtaining his engineer degree, he came back to help his father managing the farm. He realized that he has to stop using the pesticides especially he, his children and his whole family are living in the farm, which they have no plan to move away. He decided switching to organic farming, so that the families and neighbours no longer have to breathe in any pesticides which was the best decision to their families.
His decision is not only ensuring the good health and well-being of his family and neighbours, switching to organic providing more stable income now. Besides, he is also practicing biodynamic methods which focus more on long term health of his farm soil.
Teik Kiang is one of the members of Zenxin Organic Growers Group.
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Mr. Chong and Brother –
Organic Vegetables in Brinchang, Cameron Highland, Malaysia
Mr. Chong and his brother are the second generations living in Brinchang, Cameron Highland. The family farm is situated in a beautiful valley surrounded by forest reserve with a nice stream pass through the home and the farm. However, even at the top of the hill, they couldn’t use the stream to water their organic farm because there is another hydrophonic farm on top of the stream and discharge unwanted chemical fertilized water to the stream. It is unfair when the right of using the clean water is disrupted by the chemical farming and irresponsible discharge.
Mr. Chong and his brother choose organic farming and not to use any chemical pesticides and fertilizers, not only that their families health is protected. Without spraying any chemicals, discharge chemicals to the stream, their neighbours’ health, the waterway, the life in the forest reserve are all well protected too. With all the natural protection, you can see that spider lives happily in almost every ORGANIC CABBAGE he grows and the cabbages are so healthy.
It has been more than 20 years that the brothers practise organic farming. Chong and his brother are the members of Zenxin Organic Growers Group.
About the SDGs
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an universally adopted framework from the United Nations (UN) since 2015 for sustainable development, which provides the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The Goals interconnect and in order to leave no one behind, it is important that we achieve each Goal and target by 2030.
Info adapted from: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/