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Organic Farming vs Industrial Ag – time to change the debate? – October 1, 2012

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… more

by: The Christensen Fund

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