Prince Charles: ‘Future of humanity’ may depend on organic farming

Prince Charles has warned that the ‘very future of humanity’ may depend on organic farming.

Speaking as he celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Soil Association in London, the heir to the throne insisted that eco-friendly practices, which had once seemed so controversial, were now backed by ‘sound science’.

And he warned that they may be our only hope of reversing the drastic damage being caused to the environment, which could see large swathes of farmland destroyed forever ‘within sixty harvests’.

Charles, who has long practised organic farming himself as well as being an advocate of it, told his audience: ‘So Ladies and Gentlemen, it is becoming ever clearer that the very future of humanity may depend to a very large extent on a mainstream transition to more sustainable farming practices, based of course on organic principles.

‘For instance, the impact of chemical fertilizers and pesticides on the soil biome, mirrored in our own stomachs as a result of excessive use of antibiotics, has been so devastating, that it is now being said that we only have enough fertility left for sixty harvests.’

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41 thoughts on “Prince Charles: ‘Future of humanity’ may depend on organic farming”

  1. It is lovely that Chuck has the luxury of hundreds of people to cook for him. I wonder how many days of food insecurity Chuck has experienced in his life?

  2. I have had the pleasure of meeting with and talking to Charles, several times – over 20 years ago. We agreed on much about architecture, but he is not a scientist. Of course we need to reuse nutrients but organic farming only recycles that part of a crop that is not used. Only through industrial technology will we (eventually) be able to recycle those nutrients that we excrete.

    • Just to clarify, on our home farm (where we use GE technology), we produce 15,000 hogs per year. The manure from those hogs goes into our conventional fields. So, don’t equate organic with the use of manure. Conventional farmers use it also.

  3. Perhaps, someone needs to make Sir Charles aware of all the organic maize that was with drawn from the British market by the UK’s Food Safety Authority (FSA 2003) and that GMO Bt maize significantly reduces the levels of these carcinogens in maize (Wu 2005 Transgen Res).

  4. Charles really loves his sack of potatoes.
    Still, his personal life aside, I wonder how many man hours are needed to get a unit of produce compared to current day farmers. How much in pesticides (preferably as calculated in level of toxicity to humans and environment etc)?
    He’s so far removed from reality.

  5. Interesting… He says:

    which could see large swathes of farmland destroyed forever ‘within sixty harvests’.

    Yet, here in the American Midwest, modern farming practices have had the reverse impact. Soils are far better off now than in the dust bowl era over “sixty harvests” ago. Not to say improvements can’t be made, but to make this claim ignores a whole lot of evidence to the contrary.

  6. I am curious whether someone trained in soil science would like to chime in here. Hopefully, someone will. From my purview as a member of a family with a decent size farming operation in the Midwest, yields are increasing, compositions of the crops are not changing, soil erosion is the best it has ever been. I really don’t see a problem. I wish Prince Charles would provide us with the data from which he drew his conclusions.

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