Change in the Air
Concern over food miles is threatening the livelihood of African farmers. There are calls for imported products to lose their organic status. Many see the move as yet another trade barrier.
"It's developed countries who are causing global warming. But who is suffering more - Africans!" laments Kenyan farming advocate, Eustace Kiarii. If Kenyan food lost its organic label, "it would be an economic disaster for the country". There are claims the move is; "just another non-tariff barrier to trade". As Kiarii points out, transport is only one aspect of a product's carbon footprint. Unlike Europeans, African farms don't rely on heated greenhouses and use less machinery. Ironically, Kenyan farmers are already being affected by climate change. Seasonal rainfall is becoming less predictable every year, seriously affecting harvests.FULL SYNOPSIS