Saturday, 25 June 2011

Organic farming holds back productivity growth

Brett Stuart, a partner in analytics firm Global AgriTrends suggests that agricultural productivity is being impeded by the minority demand for organic or "natural" production systems.

This is an interesting debate.

Organic produce commands a higher price - so value added per area rises ... so, in one sense, productivity can be said to rise.

However, that doesn't help feed a growing population. For that we need higher 'physical' productivity.

So, is Brett right. If you want to comment, head over tho the Productivity Futures group on LinkedIn and join the discussion.

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