From: Misha <email@example.com>
To: SANET-mg <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: April 10, 2000 3:01:29 PM GMT
Subject: Fwd: BIOTECHNOLOGY HAS GREATER POTENTIAL THAN ORGANIC FARMING
I want to know what OFRF, OTA, the certifying agencies, and other
organic associations are doing, or planning to do, to build
communications to counter this kind of nonsense.
>BIOTECHNOLOGY HAS GREATER POTENTIAL THAN ORGANIC FARMING
>April 5, 2000
>Dayton Daily News
>Dennis T. Avery, director of global food issues for the Hudson
>Institute, a public-policy think tank in Indianapolis and who
>Organic farming also might need an additional 30 million square miles of
>land to grow the world's food for 2050.Organic yields are only about half as
Micro-farming can be 4 to 12 times the NET productivity (without any of the subsidized environmental
damages) of mechanized farming. Micro-farming is a natural form of bioconversion of organic
materials through living systems closely similar to "organic" farming as popularized by J.I.Rodale
and his publishing organization.
>Additionally, the world has a severe shortage of organic nitrogen; so
>organic farming would force us to convert millions of square miles of wild
>lands to grow `green manure' crops such as clover. Mainstream farmers, in
>contrast, take their nitrogen from the air, which is 78 percent nitrogen.
All Nitrogen comes from the air. Micro-farming uses microbes to extract it from the air in a fashion
which is millions of years tested compatable with human life and evolution. Chemical farming obtains
their nitrogen at environmentally dirty factories. Micro-farming does not use cover crops, does not
waste land, and is ecologically friendly.
>America has the world's largest chunk of prime farmland. Our family farms
>should celebrate the 21st century by tripling their yields with biotech,
>doubling their exports to the land-short nations of Asia and preventing the
>plow-down of the world's wildlands.
Tripling yields (not yet proven possible or safe) would still leave mechanized farming 25% to 425%
lower than micro-farming with (nearly) closed food-chain webs of living systems.
Resources for beginning to understand micro-farming and living systems:
Signed, Lion Kuntz
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