>For example, many campesino farmers
>in Central America continue using traditional "organic", non-chemical
>methods that are very ecologically destructive. Soil erosion and
>degradation are markedly accelerated by "organic" practices like slash and
>burn without adequate fallow periods, non-contour planting, severe
>overgrazing, and deforestation.
I hate to be a pill, but these techniques do not meet any organic standards
in any country and would never be certified as such. It very much confuses
the discussion on "organic-sustainable agriculture" to mislabel these
techniques (results of the agriculture of poverty and social inequality) as
"organic" and then claim that "organic" is not sustainable.