Health from the soil up.
It makes logical sense that keeping your soil healthy, keeps the crops, plants and the animals that eat them healthy, and ultimately that has a positive influence on our health too.
Feeding the World
There are many critics of organic farming, and their criticisms are made up of poorly researched assumptions and mis-truths. The biggest of them all is that ‘organic farming cannot feed the world.’ But in fact it can, and does!
70% of the world’s food is produced by small and subsistence farmers; farms with high productivity and low or no inputs, i.e organic! This was uncovered by the UN backed 2008 IAASTD report
Feeding cars not people
Large scale monocultures seen in much of South America, China, America, Australia and Europe produce vast yields of crops that are predominantly grown to feed livestock or to produce biofuels.
In 2014 more grain was harvested than ever before: 2.5 billion tons worldwide. Despite this record-breaking harvest, only 45% was used to feed people
Waste not, want not.
50% of all food produced globally goes to waste. A study by the Instituation of Mechanical Engineers identified that in the global south, food spoilage, lack of adequate storage and poor distribution were the predominant reasons for waste, and in the western world, over production, over-zealous best before dates, aesthetics and over purchasing mean that vast quantities of food end up in landfill.
We don’t need to increase food production by chemical monocultures, GM or clearing fragile habitats to feed an expanding population; we need to address waste, and fast.
The system is bankrupt
To produce 1 calorie of food on one of these large scale monocultures requires 10 calories of energy- mostly derived from fossil fuels. This is not sustainable.
Farming organically and cycling nutrients instead of relying on oil-based fertilisers and chemicals is the only sensible and responsible way to proceed in the future.
Farming for the future
Organic farming methods offer the best, currently available, practical model for addressing climate-friendly food production. This is because it is less dependent on oil-based fertilisers and pesticides and confers resilience in the face of climatic extremes. It also stores higher levels of carbon in the soil, and as a result if organic farming was common practice in the UK, we could offset at least 23% of agriculture's current greenhouse emissions.