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Organic Yields

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Sorry for the capitol letters here folks. They are loud with a smile!

There have been a lot of papers out lately comparing the yields of Organic and Conventional farming. However, I say that any study which takes a yield comparison and then talks about global hunger is JUST PLAIN CRAZY. There is no relationship between yields and hunger.

Amartya Sen won the Nobel Peace prize for his work looking at the history of famines. He discovered that the problem of hunger is NOT the lack of food but the LACK OF ACCESS to food. We have never produced so much food before and now grow enough to make EVERYONE FAT.. Yet, somehow many people (even in developed countries) are hungry and many are starving.

The REAL problem is the myopic economic-based view of both community and global development. Food should not be seen as a commodity but as a HUMAN RIGHT. – Getting the unsustainable short term chemical based high yields and then using those yields to make fuel, or putting it through a food system that wastes more than 30% of the food… That is the problem.

We are not ‘feeding’ people we are nourishing them. We are not producing and consuming for the best value. We are interacting with nature and with each other.

Small scale Organic local food. This is the solution.


Author: C. Whitney

I am an Independent consultant working with Organic farmers, wild collectors and conservation oriented communities in SE Asia. - Organic Consultant and Researcher, PhD candidate, Couchsurfing Ambassador, MOFGA Member, IFOAM Member, Organic Group Manager...

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