The Prince of Wales dismisses as "nonsense" the Biotech Industry's oft-repeated mantra that "organic won't feed the world."
He made that comment in 2010 in a speech at England's Elm Farm Organic
Research Centre (ORC). He went on to say that "organic is the only truly
sustainable form of agriculture and the one approach that has a real
chance of mitigating the worst effects of climate change."
Prince Charles deplores what he calls the "wasteful" approach of intensive farming
and the fragmented systems that props it up. Per the Prince, "Organic, on the
other hand, recognizes that Nature is finite and has to be respected."
Prince Charles has been an organic farmer for over 25 years, and has his own line of organic foods which are sold under the label Duchy Originals (which donates profits to charities). He has been pleased to tour Northern California organic farms (in 2005 he visited Marin County) and has long been an advocate of real sustainable farming, and a critic of industrial agriculture.
This week (May 4, 2011) he met with President Obama at the White House. Prince Charles praised the First Lady's organic garden and criticized US government's subsidizing of large-scale agriculture.
(The United States spends TENS of billions every year on such subsidies, while this year a paltry 50 million was allocated for organic and sustainable farming.)
We hope President Obama was listening!
Full story of Prince Charles recent visit in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat - click here http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_PRINCE_CHARLES_WASHINGTON?SITE=CASRP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT
* For full 2010 story click here (Natural Products website): http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/industry-news/organic-wont-feed-the-world-mantra-is-nonsense-%E2%80%94-prince-charles/