The current national agricultural policy framework in South Africa is not inclusive, nor does it acknowledge alternative production methodologies such as Agroecology and Organic agriculture. The issues around food safety and the use of chemicals in our food system is becoming a well recognized and documented fact, with local and international campaigns pushing for the banning of Glyphosate. SAOSO believes it is a constitutional right, in alignment with Section 24, of the Constitution which enshrines the right to;
- an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and
- have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that:
- prevent pollution and ecological degradation;
- promote conservation; and
- secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development.
This is SAOSO's call to action, for South African civil society, sector stakeholders, political parties and national government, to recognize the role Agroecology and Organic agriculture has in providing clean, nutritious food and preserving natural resources for the 7th Generation and job creation in a green economy.
The adoption of Organic Policy and Agroecology Strategy is a priority pre, and post-election. This will facilitate the shift towards a more environmentally sustainable, socially equitable and economically viable food system. SAOSO, the sector body, has been advocating for the adoption of Organic policy for over a decade and people are calling for the long-overdue recognition of Agroecology and Organic agriculture in South Africa, to be represented in the national policy framework.
Please support this campaign by signing this petition, which will be sent to the Government and Parliament of RSA.