Interesting debate from ooffoo.com about the sustainability of the organic food industry.
In the US, organic food sales still grew 16% last year already occupying almost 4% of all food products sales in the US, according to the Organic Trade Association. UK-based Soil Association reported that UK sales of organic food products increased by 19% in 2008 to £23.7 million ($38.2m).
In the ooffoo.com post, Tim Worstall of the think tank Adam Smith Institute thinks that organic farming is unsustainable because of the lack of land needed not only to produce organic crops but to provide and feed animals that are needed because of their manure to fertilize crops.
Molly Connisbee of the Soil Association turned the table around and asked if non-organic food is sustainable. Folks, she said, have to start eating more seasonally and locally; have less (but better quality) grass-fed meat (rather than the grain-stuffed beasts of industrial farming), and less dairy.
I doubt this will happen though as that would mean the demise of fast-food chains around the world. Personally, I think organic farming will always stay as a niche market. That’s what the biopesticide industry thinks so too based on my recent interviews with several biopesticide companies (watch out for that June 15!).
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