Can organic farming feed the world?
Whilst organic farming recognises traditional forms of animal and crop husbandry, it is not about 'going back' to old farming regimes. It is about making the most efficient use of natural resources to produce high quality food. In a world of scarce natural resources and concerns over carbon emissions and pollution, organic farming offers the most sustainable way of feeding the world's growing population.
There are over 7,000 organic farmers and over 700,000 hectares of organic farmland in the UK. They produce high quality food in an environmentally sustainable way in a market worth an estimated £15 bn. Their experience, at the very least, is evidence that organic farming is a viable alternative.
We must also ask ourselves, can industrial farming, which is heavily reliant on oil, continue to feed the world for the coming 10,000 years and more?