Monday, January 15, 2007

Organic growth

The Miliblogger enthuses over organic food, and let's slip this delightful little nugget.
People might therefore be surprised that in an interview in the Sunday Times, I said that there was no proof of the health benefits of organic production.

The best research I know was done by the Food Standards Agency in 2003. Professor John Krebs's findings are available on the FSA website.

So, this will be the Professor Sir John Krebs who is a zoologist and whose speciality is ornithology then, will it? Who better than an expert on birds to study the quality of human food, eh?

Ah, but darling David isn't finished yet.
Many of us find other benefits from organic food - not least taste.

Which is why it is left solely to the market to encourage organic farming, eh? We all buy organic because it is better? Erm...
There is also a vibrant environmental debate about the contribution of organic production to a sustainable environment. An overview can be found on the Defra website.

Uh oh! "Sustainable"? That can only mean one thing...
For these reasons the Government is pleased to give extra support to organic production. Defra spends some 30 million pounds a year supporting the sector, mainly through the Organic strand of the Environmental Stewardship Schemes that we run.

That's right, Defra—also known as the taxpayer also known as you and me—support organic farming to the tune of £30 million fucking quid every fucking year, whether we want to or not. Great.
The organic movement is booming thanks to the entrepreneurship of farmers and the choices of consumers; long may that happy combination continue.

Er, not quite, David. The organic movement is booming thanks to the entrepreneurship of farmers and the choices of consumers and the extra £30 million of our money that you throw at the farmers every sodding year.

Wow! Let us give thanks to this glorious bounty...

6 comments:

Raw Carrot said...

i don't like organic food.

Pete in Dunbar said...

It is indeed an interesting definition of 'sustainable' - "requiring support of taxpayers for viability".

BTW, what on earth would inorganic food be?

Anonymous said...

and here am was I looking forward to asking you about htis on 18DS!

-other- said...

I actually support what is now called "organic" farming (known as just "farming" before pesticides and genetic tampering became the norm).

But...

As I understand it (although if I'm wrong please correct me), the UK only produces 60% of what it consumes. And that information is a few years out of date now so with immigration what it is, the percentage may even be lower.

Doesn't abandoning intensive farming techniques mean we would have to import even more.

Is that good for Britain?

Anonymous said...

BBC news24 the other day had a rolling advert for organic food/farmers market.At local 'farmers market' they were selling olives, yeah right local produce, no food miles.... bollocks.
still, the herbivores think it's good, it does no real harm, and farmers who are laughing up their sleeves at the silly buggers can make a decent profit.

Anonymous said...

There was a cracking article in the Economist about this recently...

Sustainable my arse! Organic production gives lower yields per hectare than "traditional" farming methods!

Yet another attempt to sooth the middle classes...