During the ongoing corona crisis, the question of Sweden's degree of self-sufficiency has come to the fore. In the early 1990s, Swedish farmers produced just over 75 percent of our food, while Sweden today can only provide us with about 50 percent of the food we need. It is much smaller than our neighboring country Finland, where the degree of self-sufficiency is 80 percent.
In a debate article in ATL (8/4) writes organic farmer Lisbeth Andersson that the supply situation in Sweden is far worse than 50 percent because agriculture is also dependent on imports of fertilizers, chemical pesticides, fuels and soy for animal feed.
According to Lisbeth, in order to create sustainable and resilient agriculture, we should switch to food production based on local resources - and in that work we should learn from organic farmers who can do without imported inputs such as fertilizers and chemical pesticides.
We can only agree and hope that the difficult times we are going through now will make the industry, decision-makers and politicians fully invest in sustainable agriculture, which can provide us with food even in times of crisis. Even today, you as a consumer can make a difference. Choose organic and KRAV-marked food from Swedish organic farmers - then you benefit from a production that is extra local and which also gives us more diversity, fertile soils, good animal welfare and clean water!