Sustain this, pal

Brian J. quotes a letter to the editor of The Wall Street Journal:

While most studies show that certain organic crops, such as corn, would have slightly lower yields and lower total production than conventional crops, the studies also show organic farming can feed the world, and in developing countries organic methods would increase food production and self-sufficiency.

Or maybe wouldn’t:

Both of these things cannot be true. Well, they cannot be true unless there’s an unspoken premise in the second that the world eat organic bean burritos per day and give up their steaks and chicken. Which is not so unspoken in other parts of the movement.

While I am generally at least somewhat enthusiastic about organics, I suspect that the best part of the bean burrito is the pesticide residue.

And we could save a hell of a lot of the corn crop if we’d quit squeezing it into the nation’s gas tanks.

Side note: The nearest Crest store occasionally carries Dole-branded organic bananas, clearly marked, albeit at a 75-percent price premium (98 cents a pound versus 56, subject to minor variations). But the last three times I picked some up at this store, they ignored the little “ORGANIC” tape and rang up the lower price. I have no idea what they’re thinking.


  1. tioedong »

    11 January 2013 · 1:10 am

    no, “organic” farming costs more, and here in the Philippines, (or much of the third world) that means some folks can’t afford it.
    We sell our organic rice for 60 pesos/kg ($1.50), regular rice goes for 30-35pesos, and the subsidized white rice (usually imported) for poor people goes for 20 pesos.

    The problem is not just “enough” but cheap enough food. So in the future this means chosing GM vs chemicals to feed your people.

    China is pushing chemicals and GM food; the Philippines, which is full of Catholic lefties who since communism fell are now pushing the church of Algore instead, so the Philippine gov’t is spending money pushing organic foods…

  2. Charles Pergiel »

    11 January 2013 · 9:06 am

    Near as I can tell there is no overall shortage of food. There can be local shortages, but that is mostly due to war and politics, not because we can’t produce enough. The people who are most in vocal in support of pesticides, fertilizer and GM stuff and the companies who make it, not the people who would use it.

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