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  •  Well then I guess you've never seen this: (2+ / 0-)
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    peregrine kate, Mi Corazon

    Organic Farms Produce Same Yields As Conventional Farms

    Or this:

    Can Organic Farming Feed Us All?

    Or this analysis which acknowledges that yield differences aren't as important as something else.

    Lastly, we can produce tons and tons of low nutrient food all we want. And deplete our soil, increase health problems, and continue to line the pockets of a very few corporations.

    OR, we can produce high nutrient food, that increases soil fertility, and may just help re-establish the family farm on the current land we have.
    Again, the research is very clear on this matter concerning soil fertility and nutrient density.

    This exchange has demonstrated one thing for me: That the legacy of Earl Butz continues to haunt us and the myth that chemical/industrial farming is the only way to "feed the world" Just. Won't. Die.

    •  Certainly there are other issues aside from crop (0+ / 0-)

      yields. The current population of the Earth is using an Earth and a half's worth of resources every year, so at some point we will have to scale back our consumption. But I would still like to believe that the solution lies with efficency and technological improvement, rather than a return to the relative austerity of past centuries.

      •  Efficiency? (0+ / 0-)

        Are you saying that growing tomatoes in Chile and flying them, along with flowers and a bunch of other agricultural products, to North America, and then shuttling them out to a bunch of chain stores, where people drive to in huge gas guzzling SUVs, is somehow the most efficient use of earth's resources?  Really?

        Come on.  You are buying into the corporate group think model that they, and only they, the ones who have poisoned our waters, polluted our air, ruined our climate, destroyed our rural communities, and multiplied cancer cases by a thousand fold in a little more than a generation, that only they have the answers we need to survive in the future.

        Choose your sides carefully my friend.

        Industrial food production in America ruins our health, our environment and consumes more fossil fuel than any segment of our economy.

        by Mi Corazon on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 04:27:20 PM PST

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