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OTA responds to Nina Federoff August 19, 2008

 

Dear Editor,


I agree with Dr. Nina Federoff (Aug. 19, A Conversation with Nina Fedoroff) that “food, water, energy, climate change and environmental degradation” are everyone’s problems. That’s why it makes sense to expand the use of organic agriculture.


Scientists at a May 2007 United Nations conference agreed that a large-scale shift to organic agriculture could help fight world hunger and bring environmental improvements. Findings that organic practices can produce up to three times as much food as conventional farming on the same amount of land verify that organic farming can meet food needs of the world’s growing population. Furthermore, other science shows organic practices sequester carbon in the soil, addressing climate change concerns.


According to the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, “organic agriculture combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment.”  Organic farming is a viable solution to feeding the world—for now and for the future.


David Gagnon
Interim Executive Director
Organic Trade Association

 
 
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