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"Organic farming is all very well, but can it feed the world?"

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Introduction: It is necessary for the purpose of this assignment to start by defining what is meant by "Organic Farming". It can simply be defined as "farming without chemicals" which is very much the case. The two articles provide arguments of whether organic farming is sufficient to provide sustainable source of food for the increasing population. Two different points of view are expressed in the articles. "Organic farming is all very well, but can it feed the world?" In his article Lawrence Woodward main argument was the ability of organic farming to feed the world provided that many factors should be considered and probably changed. Factors that has nothing to do with the technical aspect of organic farming, but more to do with the recent global system of handling the agricultural economy, e.g. food distribution system, marketing, finance and even political aspects that affect this matter. He sees that with the current circumstances of industrialization and population largely consuming the limited resources including land being used for trade production, neither organic nor conventional agricultural systems can feed the world. ...read more.


Also, in his argument about the application of biotechnology as not being healthy or safe, being a reason for environmental damages, in addition to calling it as "industry-directed, undemocratic technology". He approached this trying to make a case without presenting clear and supporting evidence in an unbiased way. Woodward believed that organic agriculture can provide sustainable source of food as from the technical level of the subject. In short, Woodward sees that the issue is not a pure agricultural debate; it is more a change in global lifestyle that includes "new methods of production and new patterns of consumption, a lifestyle designed for permanence". *1 "Environmental aspects of agriculture overwhelm critics". In his article, Dennis Avery on the other hand go totally against the organic farming saying that it can not in any way provide even half the need of the world's food. In addition, Avery thinks that using organic agriculture makes people eat less healthy food (fruits & vegetables) and make them subject to cancer because of the fact that most of the organic yields are infested with molds and toxins from the soil and the pathogens in it. ...read more.


The answers: Improve the drainage and price the water". Avery also accused the organic farming of being the real threat on wildlife and environment but did not provide any scientific or health information to prove this. In the author's opinion, high-yields farming is a sustainable method for feeding the world, because it is safe, healthy, less soil erosion, better for environment and cheaper than the organic farming. All what it needs to receive acceptance is more positive public strategy on behalf of knowledge based farming. In my personal point of view, I prefer the Organic farming, and I don't mind paying a little extra for my food in order to ensure that I am eating safe and clean food. We can not deny though the importance of technology, and we can use it to obtain and find better techniques to apply the method of organic farming successfully and get the most of it. *1) Schumacher, E.F. (1975). Small is Beautiful. Blond and Bridges Ltd. London. *2) T172, Theme 3 Food chains. "Organic Farming is all very well, but can it feed the world. Lawrence Woodward. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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