HEADS UP! BEFORE YOU LEND CREDENCE TO ARTICLES BEATING-UP ON ORGANIC, ASK YOURSELF, "WHO BENEFITS WHEN ORGANIC IS TRASHED?" They say, 'the best defense is an offense.' Powerful Industrial Ag corporations have been increasingly threatened by the transformational and nature and broad benefits of Organic Farming.
Should anyone be surprised that self-serving malicious outfits like Monsanto have been identified as fueling attacks on Organic? https://usrtk.org/…/monsantos-fingerprints-all-over-newswe…/
This new article in 'New Scientist' offers valuable perspective and reassures readers that Organic Farming remains on track now, as it has been for its 125 years of existence. Caleb, Megan & Jim
"People are keener than ever to make ethical, environmentally friendly food purchases. But a spate of bad press about the environmental impact of organic produce may leave some people scratching their heads…
"But the findings from this study and similar ones are too simplistic and ignore important positive aspects of organic farming. We have analysed such studies and found that the method they often use doesn’t give the full picture…
"Such assessments fail to fully account for the role of land degradation, biodiversity decline and pesticide impacts of intensive agriculture.
"Consider biodiversity, for example. The variety of life on Earth is an incredibly important factor in the health and resilience of ecosystems. But worldwide, it is in decline – insect and bird populations are being decimated, something that has been repeatedly linked to the damaging practices of intensive farming. Organically managed land, however, has been shown to support biodiversity levels around 30 per cent higher than conventionally farmed fields…
"Widespread use of pesticides is also a concern – between 1990 and 2015, global pesticide use has increased more than 70 per cent. Pesticide residues can be harmful to land and aquatic ecosystems, as well as our health. The avoidance of synthetic pesticides in organic farming, and the overall much lower levels of pesticide use in general, is a factor that is often overlooked in LCAs. In the 34 studies comparing organic with conventional agriculture that we reviewed, only nine looked at pesticide-related impacts.
"The debate around the environmental impact of organic farming has become too simplistic and narrow. Our review, published in Nature Sustainability, shows that organic farming’s strengths and environmental benefits are often overlooked by the current research, and simply claiming that organic farming is worse for the environment is misleading."
Negative headlines about organic farming’s carbon footprint are missing the bigger picture about its environmental benefits, say Christel Cederberg and Hayo van der Werf