Don’t Panic, Go Organic
What’s best for the planet: a food system based on agroecological practices; Paarlberg’s
statistics veil the true human and ecological cost we are paying with the agriculture industry.
Paarlberg’s argument for industrial agriculture and biotechnology is built on a misleading
depiction of what organic agriculture is, bolstered with shaky statistics, and constructed by
ignoring the on-the-ground lessons of success stories across the globe
• Biotech and industrial agriculture: called water, chemical, and fossil-fuel-intensive
farming, requiring external inputs to boost productivity
• Organic practices: it's knowledge-intensive farming
• "reliance on resource-extractive industrial agriculture is risky and unsustainable,
particularly in the face of worsening climate, energy, and water crises"
Instead, commercialized biotech crops have fostered herbicide-resistant weeds and p