View Full Version : Industrial Agriculture Cannot Feed The World

04-12-12, 06:23 AM
Laetitia Mailhes (http://www.care2.com/greenliving/author/laetitiam)
April 10, 2012

You’ve heard it many time: “Organic farming is a nice luxury, not a solution to world hunger.” Despite the many rebuttals offered time (http://www.foreignpolicy.com/lappe) and time (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maria-rodale/6-reasons-organics-can-fe_b_1399380.html) again, this conversation is not going anywhere. Scaremongers are not letting go, and for good reason: the survival of the current food system is at stake, i.e. the survival of a gigantic, powerful industry with deep pockets and a far-reaching influence into all the corners of the world. This being said, I’ll gladly take on this argument here. The “hook”? This (http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/organic-farming-cannot-feed-planet) commentary about a recent Dutch study that concluded that organic farming produces 80 percent of the yield of conventional agriculture.
Unfortunately, the article spins the usual web of deception. First of all, experts stress that a 80 percent gap is actually VERY good. Considering the costs (and R&D investments) of all the technology used in conventional agriculture, a 20 percent yield differential is a rather disappointing outcome.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/industrial-agriculture-cannot-feed-world.html#ixzz1rotj3HZr

04-12-12, 10:12 AM
I thought this was a great point Ms. Maihes made:
" Finally, the scare tactics used to convince us of the need for GM seeds are not founded in reality: the world actually produces enough food to supply more than 2700 calories per day to every living person on Earth, according to the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO). In other words, production is not the issue. Distribution is. Time has come to get out of the current global food system that promotes waste (as new FAO chief Jose Graziano da Silva publicly deplores), and prevents food from being grown and/or accessible everywhere it is needed. It has become urgent to foster LOCAL food systems that nourish local communities while offering local farmers fair rewards for producing nutritious food, and preserving natural resources.

We make enough food to feed the world — distribution and waste are the problems.

04-12-12, 12:20 PM
I'm an off-and-on follower of a blog called The Urban Homestead (http://urbanhomestead.org/).

These folks are a bit extreme in how they live their lives, but are very committed. They own property in Pasadena. A city lot, not huge. They grow something around 6,000 lbs of produce on their property each year. They have hens and goats, tho they are vegetarian and eat only the eggs and milk. They sell to the public and to certain restaurants. Duane and i mean to get up there and visit someday, tho we haven't yet.

Granted, they can produce this much on a small property because it is Southern California and we have the weather for year-round production. (Well, they do. Big Bear is such a high altitude that our climate is entirely different, tho only 100 miles from there.)

If these folks are able to produce so much on such a small property, then certainly it is possible. Most folks just don't want to make the effort.