Video: Has organic farming ‘ideology’ spread through the scientific community?

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[Editor’s note: Andrew McGuire is an agronomist at Washington State University’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources.]

At the core of organic farming is an ideology which bans the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Over the past couple of decades, this ideology has been incrementally embraced by the scientific community. This mingling of science and ideology in organic farming research and education has serious consequences for both science and society.

This video was first shown at a symposium titled “Sustainability Challenges in Organic Agriculture” organized by the Organic Management Systems Community of the American Society of Agronomy at their annual meeting in Phoenix, Arizona in November 2016.

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  • RobertWager

    We will need the best of EVERY agriculture technique/system if we are going to produce more food on less land more sustainably.

  • Damo

    Hey, I am not against organic practices as long as they are based in science. Take for example the idea of cover crops and planting green. Sustainability practices that can lead to lower costs for farmers–and can be used alongside conventional practices. More of this type of organic and less of the “fear the boogeyman” rhetoric.

    • Bill Pilacinski

      The problem is with organic you can’t pick and choose the specific technique that works best in your particular situation (as a conventional farmer can). You must accept the whole organic package or you aren’t “organic.”

      • Damo

        Which is why I said organic practices. Organic certification is a marketing scheme.