Greens want more Organic Farms

During a visit toKat in Louth. an organic farm in Lincolnshire, Kat Boettge, the lead Green European Election candidate in the East Midlands discussed with farmer, Andrew Dennis, children’s lack of understanding about food and where it comes from. Woodlands Farm  near Boston lays on guided tours for schools and interest groups.

Kat said, ‘it is clear that children love coming here to see the animals and see crops being planted and harvested, but many can’t identify which ones are in the food they eat. It surprises me that many think fish fingers come from chicken and that tomatoes grow underground. How can we expect people to eat responsibly if they don’t know where their food comes from?’

After her visit, Kat Boettge congratulated Woodlands Farm for maintaining organic production and supplying local markets in the face of stiff competition from the supermarkets. ‘Woodlands is just the sort of farm that the Green Party wants to see supported by Government policy. It is producing healthy food, supplying local markets, maintaining the quality of the soil and working with nature rather than destroying it. It concerns me that a farm like this could be under threat from the increasing industrialisation of farming that will come from the trade agreement being negotiated between the EU and America.’

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership                          The trade agreement that is causing concern to organic farmers is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership known as TTIP. The farmers at Woodlands believe that this will open the market to genetically modified crops and cloned animals. This they claim will make it very hard to maintain their organic standard.

Kat Boettge, lead MEP candidateCommenting on this risk, Kat Boettge said, ‘I believe that TTIP is bad news for many farmers, it will open up our market to stiff competition from American producers many of who have production standards lower than in the EU. We know that American companies are very keen to bring GM crops to Europe. Experience shows that they will contaminate non-GM crops resulting in a loss of the organic standard. We also know that the modified genes do escape into the wild populations, what we don’t know is the long term effect of these genes on wildlife.

4 thoughts on “Greens want more Organic Farms

  1. Is organic always the best choice? Does it scale globally? I suspect feeding everyone on the planet by organic farming would require very much more land and water, which would encroach upon wild spaces and damage the environment where more intensive farming might not. That doesn’t mean we can just lump fertiliser everywhere or throw antibiotics around like toffees. It’s not as simple as organic=good, everything else=bad. We need to use technology responsibly, but we cannot ignore it.

  2. Yes, it is a common myth that industrial agriculture is more productive that small scale agriculture. It is less labour intensive of course, and so is more profitable. But the overall yield of land used for the large scale monocultures is less than the same area of land broken down between varied crops.

    You might be interested to read Making Peace with the Earth by Vandana Shiva in which she discusses this and how the so-called “Green” Revolution (meaning the introduction of industrial agriculture and now of GM crops) in India has driven millions into hunger.

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