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Industrial organic agriculture is method of agriculture which combines aspects of conventional agriculture with organic production methods.

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Industrial organic farmers generally target national and international markets. When organic companies try to meet the demand of big chains like Whole Foods, they start looking a lot like conventional farms minus the herbicide and pesticide. Throughout some organic farms, the fields look as weed-free as those treated with herbicides. In order to achieve that look, organic farms must till the land more. This leads to a reduction in the soil’s biological activity, promotes topsoil erosion, increases water loss and contributes to a long list of other environmental concerns. Industrial farming such as this is not much more environmentally friendly than conventional industrial farming. Industrial organic farming often uses up to 1/3 more fossil fuel than small scale organic methods (Glazer 2007).

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Hello, I am SynAqua, and I'm new here, so please tell me if I'm making any mistakes!

First of all, I think a more nuanced view of industrial agriculture should be explained: While it's pretty undeniable that industrial agriculture as it's practised now is unsustainable, inefficient and wasteful, I think industrial food production not only can be sustainable . Furthermore, to me it seems that the evidence is basically clear that the modern world and the huge population of this world requires some form of industrial agriculture to feed everyone, as evidenced by the sources I give at the end of this post. Finally, by "industrial agriculture", I simply mean intensive farming using science-based and/or modern technologies - thus not excluding polyculture, terra preta, for better or for worse. With that said, I look forward to working with others here on this issue!

Here are some sources:

--—The preceding comment was added by SynAqua (talkcontribs) 10:17, 1 May 2015


Hello SynAqua,
Nice to meet you. We would welcome your contributions. Please feel free to completely re-edit the Industrial agriculture. I, too, think it is myopic. Please note as you add content, to try to use the Help:Footnotes style to add citations. If you have any problems just ask for help and don't worry to much about formatting as edits are easy to make.
Thank you,
--Lonny (talk) 14:15, 1 May 2015 (PDT)
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