In the context of the pandemic, activist Carlos Vicente assured Télam that “the formidable loss of biodiversity unbalances the planet so radically that if we do not rethink things soon it will bring us a repetition and increasingly serious different crises“.
Environmentalists affirm that if societies do not go to a model of agroecological food and local production, new pandemics, viral and bacterial, will occur on the planet after the shocking appearance of the coronavirus.
At the same time they ensure that "the future exists and is based on the social economy and the organization of producers and consumers" locally.
Carlos Vicente, activist member of the International NGO GRAIN and Action for Biodiversity of Argentina, stated that “this is a good time to rethink the future”And put industrial food first on the list of issues to redefine.
This is a subject of old debate for environmentalists and they alerted him to this in the document for International Earth Day on April 22, where they stated that “By using poisons and pesticides, insecticides and herbicides in the industrial model of agriculture, we produce desertification, we pollute the water, the soil, the air and we destroy biodiversity. Globalizing the food system is up to 50 percent of greenhouse gases and climate change is the consequence“.
In this framework of thought and in quarantine from Marcos Paz where he lives, Vicente assured: “Without a doubt, I believe that the coronavirus pandemic is going to repeat itself with other viral or bacterial diseases. I am not a fatalist, I am an optimist, I have been working on the subject for 30 years, we have information and one cannot ignore it“.
“It is that the formidable loss of biodiversity unbalances the planet so radically that if we do not rethink things soon, this capitalism that is heading towards the abyss will bring us in the coming years a repetition and increasingly serious of the different crises"He added.
Among the campaigns to stop climate change and the emergence of the coronavirus and its economic, health and future impact on the cultural, Vicente recalled that “a few days after the start of the pandemic, the UN released a document saying that there will be many more deaths from the climate crisis than from the coronavirus“.
However, the member of the National Ecological Action Network (Renace) and the Union of Scientists committed to health and nature in Latin America (Uccsna) said that “the future exists and is based on the social economy and the organization of producers and consumers“.
“We have to look at a longer-term future and that future exists because it is being built today from social movements and solidarity networks. Food production, ecosystem care and mutual care have to be at the center of our existenceVicente reflected.
In this sense, he gave as an example the work of groups of local food producers such as the National Peasant Indigenous Movement (MNCI) or the Union of Land Workers (UTT) that together with social movements “they go to great lengths to reach people with locally produced pesticide-free food in a practice that actually has a 10,000-year history“.
That formula, agroecological production, rejection of chemicals, local production and consumption, land distribution, is tirelessly repeated by environmentalists and defenders of biodiversity on the planet but also by organizations such as FAO, as recalled by the interviewee.
“José Graziano Da Silva said in 2019 before retiring from FAO: ‘We have thrown too many chemicals on the planet. We have to go to agroecological production 'so there is no doubt that this is the path we have to take“.