Currently, there exists an organic farming movement that is evidenced in the
growing quantity of products labeled “Organic,” that line our grocery stores, tax our
pocketbooks, and eventually make their way onto our pantry shelves.
surprisingly, this positive growth trend has provoked agricultural discussion.
the organic farming conversation is essentially an economic debate between conventional
and organic farming interests, where each side asserts a greater yield based profit, with
minimal negative environmental consequences.
Additionally, Claire Cummings offers an
interesting perspective in her essay,
Ripe for Change: Agricultures Tipping Point
The story of agriculture is usually told as an epic struggle between people and
nature… and while it looks to some as if people have the upper hand, with
food production keeping up with population growth, others say industrial
agriculture is laying waste to soil, water, forests, wildlife, and traditional
I think Cumming’s statement succeeds in capturing the gravity of our current global
situation, by introducing a few of the diverse issues associated with the ongoing organic
versus conventional farming debate.
She associates environmental and economic difficulties
with the industrial agriculture model that remains globally dominant.
My initial reaction
to the issues presented is that they indicate the emergence of broader issues that could
permanently change, or destroy our fragile ecosystem.
I believe that such a scenario would
not only threaten our current technological, agricultural, economical, and social situations,