Myra Goodman on organic food systems as common sense
June 11, 2014
Myra Goodman runs the largest organic food production company in the USA. In this video she explains why organic farming makes sense. Makes sense, economically, for communities, and of course to help build a regenerative society. She makes the point that nature works at scale – so why cant farming? It is more of how we frame the question and what type of world we choose to live in.
The average Iowa cornfield has the potential to deliver more than 15m calories per acre each year (enough to sustain 14 people per acre, with a 3,000 calorie-per-day diet, if we ate all of the corn ourselves), but with the current allocation of corn to ethanol and animal production, we end up with an estimated three million calories of food per acre per year, mainly as dairy and meat products, enough to sustain only three people per acre. That is lower than the average delivery of food calories from farms in Bangladesh, Egypt and Vietnam
Earthbound farms on about 44,000 crop acres of land, and its organic methods enable it to avoid the use of 515,000 pounds of what the company describes as “toxic and persistent pesticides” and the use of more than 15.9m pounds of synthetic fertilizers annually.
- Farming for our future
- Earthbound Farm’s founder wants to change the way you eat (The Guardian)
- Those Incredible Edibles from Todmorden and further afield
- Less seed, water, and chemicals equals more food
- How to get people to love the land (Alice Holden – Do Lecture)