Do you think that its possible to feed the entire population on the planet with organic food?



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    Yes!  A great deal of research has been conducted into this question, and generally the findings have been that, despite our assumptions about conventional farming, organic farming is actually more productive.  Modern farming practices, such as monoculture and the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides destroy soil and strip it of nutrients, meaning that over time the soil becomes less productive.  Organic farming, on the other hand, uses methods that naturally replenish the soil, such as crop rotation, so that it stays productive.  Another advantage of organic farming is that it would democratize the food supply.  One of the main problems with the current food supply is not that there’s not enough food, but that not enough people have access to it.  The success of organic farming depends on small-scale farms run by individual households or communities, meaning that quite a few links would be cut out of the supply chain, and individuals and communities would be more self-sufficient.

    Of course, a large-scale transition to organic farming would take a long time to achieve.  It’s not as simple as taking the components of the conventional system and making them organic; the entire food supply system would have to be changed, and the truth is, that no one is really sure how it would work.  Still, what is quite clear at the moment is that convential farming is not only failing to meet the needs of the global population, but also having a serious detrimental impact on the planet.  Given the wealth of research done which affirms the ability of organic farming to provide at least as much food as conventional pratices, there seems to be no reason to not begin a transformation to a full organic food supply.

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    Not with the current lifestyles we lead, but yes, I do think that it is possible to feed the world on organic food. The problem will be convincing people to actually get out there and work on the farms or plant a garden in their back yards instead of sitting in their cars for an hour every day while they drive to a job in some office far away. As maddie mentioned, we will have to seriously re-think the way we live and adjust our lifestyles to become more sustainable. I recommend that for starters, everyone should plant an edible garden or at least get a few fruit trees. Fruit trees are relatively low-maintenance compared to a garden of annuals.

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    No I don’t think it is possibe, because like my brother, he needs protein from meat to grow. I don’t think people will grow if they don’t eat well,,,

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    I think it is definitely possible.  The answer lies in permaculture farming.  There are many ways of permaculture farming but the basic concept is to work with natural systems to create a highly productive food system.  Permaculture gardens often involve layering perennial food plants like fruit trees so that they all have access to light. Although permaculture usually has a high initial start up cost it is able to produce substantially more food than conventional agriculture (even corn production).  Plus it preserves the soil and biodiversity and actually takes very little time to maintain.  One of the great permaculture pioneers is Sepp Holzer.  Mr. Holzer grows fruit trees and vegetables in a beatifully and highly productive farm, high in the Austrian alps (see video below).

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