Is sustainable and organic agriculture doing its job of creating better
economic opportunities? (I've got an answer for that but I'll wait till
others answer first.)
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> From: Dan Hook <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: Roberto Verzola <email@example.com>; Craig.Harris@ssc.msu.edu;
> Subject: Re: economic sustainability
> Date: Monday, March 29, 1999 7:29 AM
> >Yikes, I suppose all this is true but our goal is enough money to quit
> day jobs, be able to afford health insurance, support the household,
> the farm seeds critters etc, be able to PRESERVE our land, than be able
> put a little profit away for a rainy day or retirement. Beth
> >Under a market-oriented (rather than subsistence-oriented) approach,
> >only the marketable (ie, encashable) outputs of a total ecological
> >system are valued. An organic farm is so much more diverse and
> >therefore productive, ecologically speaking, than a single-crop
> >chemicalized farm. However, the latter might produce more of that
> >single crop than the former and thus appear more "economically
> >Furthermore, under conditions of competition (instead of cooperation),
> >a farm ran "more like a business" would be tend to externalize more
> >and more of its costs to remain competitive. The costs would still be
> >there, they would just not be paid for by those who created them. They
> >would instead be passed on to other social sectors with little voice
> >in decision-making, to the environment, or to future generations.
> >Because they are so economically and politically powerful, the big
> >corporations can externalize their costs more easily and thus appear
> >"more economically viable."
> >By their very mindsets, organic farmers consciously avoid
> >externalizing costs; also precisely by their very mindsets,
> >businessmen and CEOs would externalize their costs whenever possible
> >to improve their competitiveness.
> >Under a context of a competitive market system therefore, the stacks
> >are heavily loaded against the organic/ecological farmer, who will
> >tend to appear more economically inefficient and unsustainable than
> >the chemical/industrial farmer.
> >Roberto Verzola
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