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Change the organic farming system

Comment 5th February 2015

Currently we have an artificial division between organic and non-organic farmers. Organic farmers pay to be certified that they do not use chemical fertilisers and pesticides. The have to deal with a lot of paperwork and undergo inspections. Instead we should require farms using chemical fertilisers and pesticides to be registered, keep records of how such things are used/disposed of, pay for training in their correct use and disposal.

Why does this matter?

Organic produce is expensive, partly because of the extra paperwork and time involved. The cost would be reduced and non-organic farmers encouraged to use organic fertilisers which they can produce themselves and reduce chemical dependency.

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