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.
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.