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July 13th, 2007

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02:25 am - Excellent prospects for organic farming
Here's an excellent article on the prospects for organic farming feeding the world:
Ivette Perfecto of the University of Michigan in the US and her colleagues found that, in developed countries, organic systems on average produce 92% of the yield produced by conventional agriculture. In developing countries, however, organic systems produce 80% more than conventional farms.
With data like this, it's clear that large-scale organic farming is perfectly viable for the US, and if we had a sensible and humane government, there would already be a 15-20 year plan in place to phase out herbicides, pesticides, and artificial fertilizers (sigh).

The article also talks about the benefits of small-scale farming, but given that people are currently moving to cities in the third world at an even faster rate than they moved to cities in the first world 100-75 years ago, small scale farming is going to continue to fade away. Thankfully, it's perfectly possible to feed the world without it. In any case, I'd love to see groups like the IMF and the World Bank actually do some good (for once) and support efforts for third world nations to switch to organic farming, but sadly there is effectively no chance of that happening.
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Date:July 13th, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
Thankfully, it's perfectly possible to feed the world without it.

You know, statements like that remind me of "Paul" and make me want to argue with you. Regardless of whether I agree with the sentiment, the tone is sheer gall. You know that, right? *g*

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