organic farming could feed Africa

Apparently a new report shows that far from being a trendy fad, Organic farming is actually proving to be a success in making ground more fertile, and growing more crops.

I would have argued that this is pretty obvious, organic farming methods mean that the soil is full of organic matter which hold water and nutrients, while ‘conventional’ methods break down the soil, so it loses its water, and the nutrients it holds.

Here’s a couple of interesting excerpts:

“New evidence suggests that organic practices – derided by some as a Western lifestyle fad – are delivering sharp increases in yields, improvements in the soil and a boost in the income of Africa’s small farmers who remain among the poorest people on earth. The head of the UN’s Environment Programme, Achim Steiner, said the report “indicates that the potential contribution of organic farming to feeding the world maybe far higher than many had supposed”…”

“…An analysis of 114 projects in 24 African countries found that yields had more than doubled where organic, or near-organic practices had been used. That increase in yield jumped to 128 per cent in east Africa.”

Read about it for yourself.

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