People have been producing organic food and using organic ways of farming for thousands of years. But the arrival of synthetic fertilizers and agrichemicals during World War II opened a path for heavy mechanization and chemically dependent farming methods so large in scale that they overshadowed centuries of organic-production practices.
Our first obsession report attempts to better understand the current controversies around organic solutions in global food affairs.
Whether we like it or not, most of us are strongly bound to the agricultural sector, and we feel the responsibility to make the right choice from an environmental perspective. Nevertheless, it can be confusing standing in the supermarket in front of a sea of products, and consumers immediately go for the “greener choice,” that being local or organic. We’ve gotten better at knowing where our food comes from – but can we claim the same for the environmental impact of our food choices? Read the full article on Triple Pundit.
CAMBRIDGE, England — In March, the European Commission announced plans to reform its regulations on organic production and certification. For organic livestock farmers, this will include a provision to make animal feed 100 percent organic. The commission’s change will give farmers better access to organic certification and build consumer confidence, which has been shaken by loose regulations. For instance, in some cases it has been legal for farmers to farm both organic and conventional products on the same site, which means that organic consumers may be indirectly funding nonorganic products. This creates confusion in the organic marketplace, which can lead to mistrust and damage the integrity of the organic brand.
Three US dollars. That’s about how much more you have to pay for a gallon of organic instead of conventional milk in the US. Over the past few years, organic products have increasingly found their way into consumers’ shopping baskets. But what makes them choose organic over highly processed products, and vice versa? There are reasons to be organic and reasons against being organic.