Thursday 19 January 2017

Food for thought

Published 27/02/2012 | 05:00

I was intrigued by Grace Maher's letter accusing me of being disingenuous and insulting in questioning the morality of organic crop farming and biofuels and their role in world hunger.

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I should make it clear that I am no longer Principal Crops Consultant at SAC, responsible for both organic and conventional advice, but am now a farmer and global agricultural and environmental consultant, and my comments referred to staple foods, not luxuries.

I stand by my viewpoint. Ms Maher is sadly incorrect in stating organic crop yields are on a par with conventional yields, either per hectare cropped or, more importantly, per hectare in the rotation.

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