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Food - organic
  1. Rural environment management permitting the maintenance of biodiversity and natural habitats and minimising natural risks like erosion, avalanches and fire. Its targets are to put 15% of agricultural land under such management contracts.

The UK has the most intensive farming in the world. Farms amalgamated to make larger units, reducing the number of people working the land. After the second world war half a million people worked the land in the UK, now it is only about 150,000.


Farmers have become sandwiched between the main input and output companies. On the input side, farmers use more mechanisation and chemical inputs. These inputs include pesticides and fertilisers like phosphates from Morocco and nitrates fixed from the air.

"Organic food" refers to food that is produced without artificial fertilsers and pesticides. The term "organic" also now means "GM free" and includes standards of welfare too.

How to farm differently by farming organically, at http://www.soilassociation.org


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