agri_sci saidAs a student of agriscience, I have studied both conventional and organic agriculture. With that being said, I am not a supporter of a fully organic system because it cannot produce the yields needed or provide stability against drought and pest. The move from"traditional" agriculture was based on growing populations and population shifts to urban centres. Organic holds promise in urban food projects, biodiversity and as a niche market for farmers. However, a entire societal shift to organic is not possible due to the intense demands of organic agriculture and the price of the product reflected by that input.
So I guess we settle for layers of carcinogens on our nutrient deficient mass produced produce?
The status quo isn't acceptable. It's not a matter of weights and measures, it's just simply not acceptable.
And yields needed for what?
Conventional agriculture does not feed the world; it feeds investors with money. It poisons rivers and watersheds not to feed the hungry or some such noble cause, but for money! It's a self centered operation controlled by self centered, short lived little beings who just don't give a shit about anything but their bottom line.
How do you figure that a conventional system is less impacted by a drought than an organic one?
A conventional field has about 0% organic matter, an established organic field has between 3% and 5%. That content is directly related to water retention.
And as for pests, you're saying spraying our foods with chemicals that will kill people that are in the fields is by some stretch a permissible solution?
A properly implemented IPM [Integrated Pest Management] program can prevent infestations and, even if they're not caught early, can control them.
There is an order and system of nature that exists beyond the delusions of superiority of the human mind.
Just because we humans shit in porcelain bowls and create Pepsi we think we're special and that the rest of the living world should do as we think.
"Follow the appropriateness of the season, consider well the nature and conditions of the soil, then and only then least labor will bring best success. Rely on one's own idea and not on the orders of nature, then every effort will be futile." Jia Si Xie, 6th century, China.