Colle, an Online Farmers Market Community, Reacts to an Article Discussing How Organic Farming Can Feed the Hungry

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Following an article published for The New York Times explaining that organic farming can help to benefit starving countries, the online farmers market community Colle releases a statement.

On September 18th, the online farmers market community Colle responds to an article published for The New York Times concerning the value of organic farming for starving nations.

The New York Times explains that organic farming may be the solution necessary to help starving countries suffering with increased food prices. According to the article, fertilizer prices are ever-increasing, suggesting that prices could grow even higher. In addition the article reports, “There is, however, a great deal of certainty over the human cost of industrial pesticides and fertilizers. In the next decade, the United Nations Environmental Program estimates that pesticide-related health care will cost Africa $90 billion. Agricultural chemical poisoning kills one million people a year, with millions more made severely ill by it.”

Organic farming may be a better solution than traditional agriculture because the organic industry has “lower input costs and a smaller carbon footprint” The New York Times reports. In addition to aiding the food industry, the article states that organic agriculture can produce “more fuel, fiber, fodder and pharmaceuticals than conventional agriculture.”

According to Colle, “Although the organic industry already helps to decrease the negative impacts on our planet, the knowledge that organic farming can help feed starving countries is inspiring.”

The New York Times reports an estimated calculation of one billion malnourished individuals across the globe. According to the article, “Agroecological farming manages pests, soil fertility, water use, human social relations and biodiversity as part of a complex organic system.” As stated by the article, organic farming could be the phenomenal solution to feed the hungry.

Colle is an E-Commerce enabled farmers market community that is passionate about sustainable consumption and responsible conservation. The Colle movement is dedicated to connecting natural product vendors, organic farmers, and all consumers who live an organic and natural lifestyle with the ultimate goal of creating more sustainable farming and consumerism.

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