Impact Investor and Advocate of Sustainable Agriculture Comments on the Global Organic Farming Industry

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Philippe van den Bossche, an impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, discusses the global organic farming industry.

Impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, Philippe van den Bossche, discusses the global organic farming industry.

According to a July 25, 2013 article published on Scoop.Co.NZ, entitled, “Organic Farming: clean green solution to pesticide residues,” a new study published in the latest Environmental Pollution Journal, found agricultural chemical residues in the sediment of the streams South Island in New Zealand. One pesticide, Chlorpyrifos, was found in “87 percent of samples of waterway sediments.”

New Zealand’s export of organics has increased 25 percent over the last three years. Green Party agriculture spokesperson, Steffan Browning, elaborates on the steps the country needs to take in order to remain relevant in the global organic farming industry. “That’s where our focus should be, on pesticide free production not pesticide resilience,” he says. “We need to urgently improve the environmental record of our agricultural sector so that we can live up to our international brand of producers of clean safe food.”

Philippe van den Bossche, an impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, discusses the growing global organic farming trend. “As more studies are conducted, more evidence is made available that supports the benefits of organic farming. The global organic farming industry has had consistent annual growth, but that should not prevent us from continuing our efforts to spreading awareness globally about the benefits of organic farming.”

As more research is done, organic production methods are consistently proven to be good for the environment, animals and human health. According to the article, the organic sector globally has had “average annual growth of 8-10 percent,” as van den Bossche mentioned.

Philippe van den Bossche is an impact entrepreneur and investor and Chairman/ Owner of Advancing Eco Agriculture (AEA), a leading organic agricultural and horticultural consulting and manufacturing company located in Middlefield, Ohio. AEA provides consulting services and specialty nutritional products to farms throughout the United States and Canada. Mr. van den Bossche is an advocate for organic farming and agriculture.

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