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Farmers Need To Be Made Aware Of The Positive Environmental Impact Of Sustainable Agriculture

June 30, 2010: 10:45 PM EST
The global change to sustainable organic farming needs to be speeded up, the departing head of the U.K.’s organic certification body says. One of the best ways to expedite the adoption of sustainable agriculture is to boost cooperation among organic bodies around the world to inform farmers and consumers about the environmental benefits. He says it’s important for consumers to understand the health benefits of organic food, but equally important are the environmental advantages. A year ago, however, the Food Standards Authority said that organic food offers no particular added health benefits to consumers. But, Patrick Holden says, consumers “intuitively understand” organic food is healthier despite the FSA’s “rebuttals.” In addition, organic bodies globally need to educate farmers about the benefits of sustainable agricultural practices on the fragile environment.
just-food, "Organic needs global co-operation, says Holden", AFN, June 30, 2010, © AFN/just-food
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