May 8th, 2007
It’s not far from the truth! Researchers predict that if poor countries switched to organic farming methods, they may be able to produce as much or more food than they do currently. The benefit really shows when the farmers no longer need to depend on chemical fertilizers, pesticides and genetically modified seeds, thus making it cheaper to farm. Additionally, farmers would be able to have their crops organically certified, and that would demand a premium on the export market.
Of course one of the other key benefits to organic farming is its reduced footprint on the environment. With all kinds of studies showing that the poor will be hardest hit by climate change, it makes sense for poor nations to adopt a more natural way of growing food. Although, we in industrialized nations need to get with the program faster than poor countries (we produce way more nasty stuff than they do).
image credit: WorldBank.org
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