Is Growth in Organic Farming the Answer to Food Substainability?

Whilst some believe that organic agriculture could play a bigger role in helping feed the

world, environmental advocates see it as one option in a number of more sustainable

approaches to farming.

Organic approaches such as nutrient recycling (which uses organic waste as a fertiliser)

are also important in parts of the world where producers cannot afford conventional

agricultural inputs. According to Michelle Deugd, director of agriculture at the Rainforest

Alliance In Africa, farmers make use of organic means in farming by default because

they don’t have access to chemicals.

Increasing the amount of organic farming is not easy, particularly for smallholders in

developing countries. However, while organic farming is unlikely to become a dominant

form of agriculture, in some countries it is occupying greater proportions of farmland.

Meanwhile, interest is growing in agroecology, which combines traditional farming with

scientific knowledge and focuses on the interactions between plants, animals, humans

and the environment. Last year, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization launched an initiative designed to scale up agroecology to help meet the Sustainable Development




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