17/12/2013 21:00 GMT

UN Report Says Small-Scale Organic Farming Only Way To Feed The World

TO GO WITH AFP STORY 'Lifestyle-China-farm-food-health,FEATURE' by Fran Wang A Chinese farmer tends to the crops at Ji Yunliang's organic farm in the outskirt of Beijing on June 7, 2010. Ji Yunliang worked as a missile researcher at a large state-owned enterprise and later earned a doctorate in chemistry at a prestigious Beijing university -- now, he is running a small, organic farm. In a country hit by a series of food safety scandals, the interest in organic produce is growing fast. AFP PHOTO/OLLI GEIBEL (Photo credit should read OLLI GEIBEL/AFP/Getty Images)

Even as the United States government continues to push for the use of more chemically-intensive and corporate-dominated farming methods such as GMOs and monoculture-based crops, the United Nations is once against sounding the alarm about the urgent need to return to (and develop) a more sustainable, natural and organic system.

That was the key point of a new publication from the UN Commission on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) titled“Trade and Environment Review 2013: Wake Up Before It’s Too Late,” which included contributions from more than 60 experts around the world.