How to feed the world

We are also planning to publish a substantial report on the use, costs and benefits of manufactured Nitrogen compared to Nitrogen fixed by legumes and the sun’s energy.  That report will be presented to a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Agroecology on 24 April, by the Soil Association’s Director of Innovation, Dr Tom Macmillan.  We will be revealing new scientific information about the negative impacts of manufactured Nitrogen, which go well beyond the well-known problems of massive greenhouse gas emissions during manufacture and application, and (critical for farmers) the unbreakable link between the price of manufactured Nitrogen, and the price of increasingly scarce and costly fossil fuels.

In the meantime, can organic farming help the world to feed itself?  This question has been answered in the affirmative by numerous UN farming and development agencies, by IAASTD, by the European Union’s Scientific Committee on Agricultural Research’s Foresight Report, and many others, so it won’t surprise you to learn that the Soil Association agrees with the prevailing international scientific consensus.  As well as changing our farming system, we will need to eat differently, feed our livestock differently, and waste much less food.

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