It concludes that organic farms produce less than half as much food per hectare…
Or, if you prefer, if we all go organic then we\’ve got to plough up just about all of the remaining wild areas in order not for everyone to starve.
So not a good idea then. The defence is a nice try though:
Lord Melchett, the association’s policy director and an organic farmer in Norfolk, said that the productivity of organic farming should be judged according to the total resources used per unit of output, including the oil consumed to produce artificial fertilisers, rather than simply the yield per hectare.
OK, then let\’s look at total resources used. So, what\’s the additional labour required to do organic farming then?
Human labour is after all a resource, isn\’t it?