Growth of organic farmland since the year 2000 Development of organically managed land by world regions since 2000 Data: www.organic-world.net Deutsch: Entwicklung der Öko-Anbaufläche nach Weltregionen seit 2000 Daten: www.organic-world.net (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Marc Gunther writes for GreenBiz.com :
Clearly, organic farming is a more environmentally friendly “method”, as Gunther points out, reducing pollution and health risks to workers from dangerous agro-chemicals; however, when “outcomes” are examined, the smaller yields of organic farms is cited as cause for concern.
I find such concerns hogwash. Given our current system of waste (both conventionally and organically) and consumption of meat, these lower yields of organic food production would not be a concern. According to a 2004 study by the University of Arizona (UA), between 40 to 50 percent of food grown is wasted and never reaches consumers. Furthermore, we waste even more food after it has left the farm. The New York Times reports:
US Meat Consumption (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
According to the UN, meat production is responsible for nearly a fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions. The UK’s Food Climate Research Network cites lower estimates holding food production for livestock accountable for 10 to 15 percent of emissions. Whatever the statistic, the impact of global meat production is significant, and meat consumption is up in the United States. Biofuels Digest reports:
These statistics on food waste and meat consumption only reflect 313,562,376 of the world’s population, but other developed countries probably have similar statistics compared the US.
If we ate less meat and reduced the tremendous amount of food that is wasted currently, I do believe we could feed the world organically. That is the sort of outcome I would like to hear discussed when talking about organic versus conventional farming.