Organic Farming vs Industrial Ag – time to change the debate?
We need to reframe the debate from “conventional” versus “organic” to diverse, small-scale farming vs large-scale, industrial agriculture
The debate on what kind of agriculture can produce enough food for 7 billion people (headed for 9 billion) has been heating up in recent years. Industrial agriculture advocates say organic farming cannot produce enough food to feed our growing population. But numerous studies by scientists and food activists point out that
industrial agriculture has failed to feed the planet, destroyed local ecosystems, and exacerbated the climate crisis. In contrast, agroecology – a discipline that combines ecology with farmers’ knowledge of their local environment – reduces agriculture's impact on the climate and enables ecosystems to produce abundant, sustainable food. (Read the Journal’s report on agroecology: “Can Danilo Atilano Feed the World?”).
A new infographic looks at these two competing visions for our agricultural future and concludes that it’s time we reframed the debate over agriculture from “conventional” versus “organic” to diverse, small-scale farming versus large-scale, industrial agribusiness. Check it out.