02 Jan '12, 8pm

Is Organic Agriculture Bad for the Environment? Another Reason to Eat Locally

Is Organic Agriculture Bad for the Environment? Another Reason to Eat Locally

The New York Times ran an important story about a growing shift in the organic agriculture industry away from sustainable practices. There are still no synthetic chemicals, but large farms growing organic crops often use monocrop agriculture , an inherently unsustainable practice that erodes soil quality, or use water resources so heavily that local aquifers become depleted. The Times explains more: The explosive growth in the commercial cultivation of organic tomatoes here, for example, is putting stress on the water table. In some areas, wells have run dry this year, meaning that small subsistence farmers cannot grow crops. And the organic tomatoes end up in an energy-intensive global distribution chain that takes them as far as New York and Dubai, United Arab Emirates, producing significant emissions that contribute to global warming. But it's a complicated issue, as Th...

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