Saturday, 1 May 2010

Why organic farming might not be quite such a good idea

You'll have noted that we're all supposed to chow down on only organic food now I suppose? It's better for the environment, better for us and better for the food itself we are told. That there are a number of contradictions in the story seems not to bother people all that much. If we're not to use "artificial" fertlisers that means requiring rather more animals around for their dung, something which seems to militate against the idea that we should be eating less meat and anyway, what about methane emissions and the atmosphere?

That organic farming requires much more land is also true: there is no way that the UK could feed its current population by such methods and "self-sufficiency" is something the same sort of people promote as well. more...


Anonymous 1 May 2010 at 12:56  

Utter rubbish do you know the difference in the rate of input for 'energy in' to 'energy out' in conventional compared to organic farming? organic farming is 25 times more fuel efficient. Google 'how cuba survived peak oil' or watch it on google video.
Phosophorous and oil are running out within 10 years it will be organic or nothing

Corrugated Soundbite 1 May 2010 at 18:02  

We didn't write the article. We posted an excerpt to a piece elsewhere. Why don't you click the "more..." link and tell the Adam Smith Institute what you think? I see you've not been there.

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