e75: Organic Ag in the 21st Century

Can organic agriculture feed the world? Well, no, probably not entirely. But a recent paper in Nature: Plants suggests that as a farming system, it scores better than conventional farming systems on many key indicators of sustainability. This, say the paper's authors, suggests organic systems should be playing a larger role in world food production than it currently is.

In this episode, I talk to Jonathan Wachtel, co-author of the study. We talk about sustainability metrics, current barriers to the expansion of organic systems, and why we shouldn't assume that organic farming alone can feed the world.  

The graphic we discuss in the episode is below. Graphic credit: John P. Reganold and Jonathan M. Wachter and Nature Plants.

Courtesy of: John P. Reganold and Jonathan M. Wachter and Nature Plants.

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