Organic farming: how to starve everyone

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?

6 thoughts on “Organic farming: how to starve everyone”

  1. The Great Simpleton

    Human labour is after all a resource, isn’t it?

    You’re going to get fed, what more do you want? Holidays?

  2. Don’t measure the yield per hectare?

    Never mind the width, feel the quality?

    Well, I wouldn’t begrudge Lord M digging up swathes of Islington and giving it yet another coating of manure, but that’s probably about my limit.

  3. Richard North has a different take.

    Not that I agree with him. I’m sure that under ideal conditions the very best of organic farms will match the average intensive farm

  4. Humanity has spent the last several thousand years lifting the science of agriculture from the subsistence level to the efficient state we find it in today.

    This allowed people to spend time doing other stuff; insignficant sh1t like advancing medicine so that most women don’t die in childbirth (in their teens) and minor ailments are no longer fatal.

    I won’t mention all the other advances the human race has made that allow us to lead healthier, more fulfilling, more comfortable and longer lives.

  5. “This allowed people to spend time doing other stuff; insignficant sh1t like advancing medicine so that most women don’t die in childbirth (in their teens) and minor ailments are no longer fatal. “

    Unfortunately, it also allowed some of them to spend time inventing feminism and arranging boycotts of shops which sold too much little girls clothing in pink.

    So, you have to take the rough with the smooth…

  6. Unfortunately, it also allowed some of them to spend time inventing feminism and arranging boycotts of shops which sold too much little girls clothing in pink.

    Feminazism (I’m keen on genuine feminism) is about ugly, bitter, pseudo-intellectual women trying to shift society in their favour rather than pretty girls. Quite rational, really.

    All that “protecting the sisters” stuff? Don’t make me laugh.

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