Corporate Power Reality Check: Organic Vs Industrial Chemical-Dependent Agriculture

By Colin Todhunter

What follows is a summary ofthis article, A System of Food Production for Human Need, Not Corporate Greed, and is a preamble to something that was recently forwarded to me byEmeritus Professor Stuart B. Hill, Foundation Chair of Social Ecology, School of Education, Western Sydney University.

In 2007, as part of a requested submission to the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD), Professor Hill submitted a very useful and concise table comparing the philosophies and practices of organic-based agriculture (including agroecology) and chemical-intensive, industrialised agriculture.

Ive taken the time to present Prof. Hills work here because, although it is 10 years old, it is a valuable reminder of the differences between the two models and why the world must step off the chemical treadmill and move towards a more organic-based system of farming.