Letter in The Guardian:
Intensity and diversity are not opposites. Monoculture and diversity are, intensive and extensive are. Many peasant farming systems are intensive and diverse for example, some industrial monocultures are extensive.
However, the report Felicity Lawrence refers to also explains that the less industrial agriculture preferred by the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (Ipes) requires a greater input of human labour in order to avoid one of the traps that the industrial system catches us in – cheap food. Non-industrial agriculture will require more labouring away in the fields in order to provide us with more expensive food. It’s difficult to see this as an advance in the human condition.
Senior fellow, Adam Smith Institute