26 April 2012

Sorry, Peace Moonbeam...

...you wanna feed the starving millions... technology AND chemicals are still the obvious answer...

Crop yields from organic farming are as much as 34% lower than those from comparable conventional farming practices, the analysis finds. Organic agriculture performs particularly poorly for vegetables and some cereal crops such as wheat, which make up the lion’s share of the food consumed around the world.

"Organic systems have the potential to produce comparable yields, but in a very limited number of crops."


2 comments:

Frances said...

Makes sense, Neo - farmers are fairly inately conservative which means they're of the 'if it ain't broke, then don't fix it' mentality. They've been using fallow farming, crop rotation, grazing animals after harvest (for manure), etc., for eons. Despite their best efforts, there have always been yield and pest problems.

The reason the West became such a big producer when first developed was that the ground had been left untilled since the last ice age, and thus was very rich. After several seasons of really great crops, yields began to decline as the earth's richness was depleted.

I'm a firm advocate of 'walking gently this green earth', but there is a time and a place for technology; and I acknowledge the benefits of technology and development. However, unfortunately, too often the benefits have been touted while any problems have been ignored or - worse - scoffed at. At least the environmental movement has forced industry to take a harder look at the pollution produced, and the side-effects of the various chemicals being developed (and I include medications in that).

We need to have a proper balance between technology and ecology. And, these days, that ESPECIALLY includes 'green'technology. It's so not good going 'green' if the cost (both in dollars and to the environment) outweighs the benefits.

Anonymous said...

all is well. organic farming has the potential to kill millions and that should fit with the green movments efforts to reduce our footprint on the planet.