21 Apr '11, 2pm

Organic agriculture: deeply rooted in science and ecology

Organic agriculture: deeply rooted in science and ecology

That may explain why so few people are aware of the simple ways by which perceptive farmers have learned to successfully satisfy human needs for food and fiber within the framework of Nature's biological realities. By being self-resourced, biological agriculture offers no foothold for industry, resulting in no advertising, no research and development, no buzz, no audience, no business. If everyone can grow bounteous yields of vigorous plants that are free of pests by using homemade compost and age-old biological techniques, there is no market for fungicides or pesticides or anhydrous ammonia. If a concept cannot be commodified, that is to say if it isn't dependent upon the purchase of industrial products, industry is antagonistic and the idea gets short shrift in our commercially dominated economy. But maybe the problem is that we just don't believe any of this is possible...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/sustainable-farming/2011-04-20-eliot...

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