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Protect the soil and natural resources from over-exploitation!

Resolution of the 4th ICOR World Conference (initiated by BDP-Peru), October 2021


We demand the protection and promotion of production networks of small farmers or peasant agriculture, who produce food for the humanity of today, tomorrow and the future and who still pursue ecological agriculture in harmony with the environment.

The overexploitation of natural resources like the soil takes place according to the example of the great monopolies, especially in countries where no state policy exists to regulate and check the introduction of synthetic fertilizers, chemical products like pesticides, herbicides and fungicides, as well as genetically modified seeds by the big imperialist industries.

This leads to an arbitrary and unrestricted use of these products, most of which are very harmful for humans and the environment. They contaminate water and soil, make them dependent on a larger quantity of chemical products in order to be able to produce. And so, the soil finally looses its fertility through the destruction of millions of microorganisms, which serve to decompose the nutrients contained in the organic substance so that they can be absorbed by the plants.

These products are used in intensive, conventional agriculture out of mere pursuit to market them and to obtain huge yields with high residues of chemical products. These are sold on the domestic market in Latin-American countries and countries with overpopulation.

When such products are analyzed in special laboratories, they show high residues of not only one, but several molecules of chemical products. These are continuously being consumed by the population, who have no knowledge about the quantity of residues. Inevitably this causes many illnesses.

Countries like the US, the European Union, Japan, China and others are aware of this big problem and have developed special regulations regarding foodstuff, demanding that these do not contain traces or residues of highly harmful chemicals. They only allow the use of products with organic certifications valid in their countries alone. If these regulations are not met, those products can simply be sold outside of these countries.

Our soils are constantly being attacked through the use of chemical products, synthetic fertilizers and intensive agricultural practices. This leads to unfertile soils. For their recovery, large quantities of organic matter is necessary to regain the millions of microorganisms which were destroyed and which are essential for safe production.

Many producers have become aware of that and they try to restore the soil. This sometimes takes a lot of time, as a rule at least two or three years, so that the products can be considered as being ecological after that. This is often at the expense of the quantity produced, but is in the interest of a food supply that is safe for human beings!

The overexploitation of these natural resources occurs in connection with the following factors:

1. increase of CO2 emissions in the entire world;

2. melting of the ice caps in Greenland and Antarctica;

3. collapse of the North Atlantic Current;

4. global warming;

5. enlargement of the ozone hole;

6. existing danger of the thawing of permafrost;

7. changing of the jet stream belt on the northern hemisphere;

8. hyperacidity and accumulation of waste in the oceans;

9. forest fires.


They lead to climate change and its manifold consequences like droughts, floods, shortage of fresh water, unfertile soils, desertification of large forest areas and the extinction of marine animals.

The consequences are hunger, malnutrition and death for millions of people.

New struggles for fresh water and soil are taking place there.

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