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Feed the world

Date Published: 04/10/2007

[The title of this post is best enjoyed hummed to the tune of the Band Aid single]

One of the regular accusations leveled at organic food production by its detractors (yes, there still are some) is that it can’t feed the world. Well, fine. It’s not like we’re Feed the world!trying to right now anyway. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a realistic likelihood that organic scales up very well and could achieve the aforementioned!

Now new research reported in the New Scientist has actually suggested that, not only could organic farming feed the world, but it could actually result in higher yields than we currently get from non-organic methods.

Of course we know that there are lies, damn lies and statistics, but these figures have come from the compilation of 293 previous comparisons – which makes them pretty sound, one would imagine.

So next time you are faced with someone bandying around that well-worn argument against organics you are equipped. Hooray for the boffins!