Summary of “Can we ditch intensive farming”

Intensive farming has already had a huge effect on biodiversity and the environment worldwide.
The most obvious alternative to industrialised intensive farming in the developed world is organic farming.
Rob Percival, head of policy at the Soil Association, says organic farming can feed the world, if consumption patterns are adjusted to encourage those who can afford meat to eat less of it.
For many farmers, the investment and time needed to meet organic standards may be a stretch, but there are ways to move towards more sustainable farming without organic certification.
Agroecology is the name given to a broad range of farming techniques that seek to minimise the environmental impact of farming.
Urban farming can deliver food – or at least some fresh produce – efficiently to dense populations without the greenhouse gas emissions and nutrient loss associated with transporting it across long distances.
Already, urban farming produces about a fifth of the world’s food.
Our reliance on artificial fertiliser and intensive farming techniques did not happen overnight, but took decades.

The orginal article.