Posted: 03/07/2014 at 22:55
I think the organic movement has been found out. There is little evidence that it actually tastes any different, is healthier, or is the right way forward to feed the world's growing population. Quite the opposite, organic is extensive in it's resource use, not intensive. In other words it uses more land to produce the same amount. This is not sustainable in world terms. We have to find ways of feeding a growing population, and a population which demands a higher standard of living year on year. Science, and specifically GM is the only way forward. All very uncomfortable. I know, but undeniable. The Chinese population grows by 8% each year!!
In our own country, those on lower incomes cannot afford expensive organics. Obesity is a growing problem, and many people have poor diets, and certainly don't eat their 5 a day. How can they afford organics? What society must do is give them the opportunity of purchasing cheap fruit and vegetables. Organics cannot do this.
Sorry to tread on sensitive toes on this issue, but we need rational solutions to the world's food problems, not pie in the sky, airy fairy thinking. The uncomfortable alternative is food shortages, higher prices and starvation. Organics have never provided the answers.