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Sat Dec 20 22:07:11 SAST 2014

Organic is the way to go: iLIVE

Malcolm Stuart, Somerset West | 17 February, 2012 00:55

It was interesting to read that Crispian Olver buys organic produce for himself ("Food system upside down", February 14) .

It seems Olver does so instinctively, or does he have proof that it is "nutritionally healthier" compared to conventionally grown produce?

He is frightened by the extent of control large companies have on the market. He is irritated that organic produce costs more.

Pushing the yield-per-hectare is spoiling our agricultural land and has already ruined some with the constant application of chemicals.

Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa must be shown the cost of overall pollution. Molewa must be shown the massive contribution organic farming would make to carbon sequestration.

All consumers must be convinced that "organic" is healthier and rally around the few organic growers; buy them out every day, even if it means cutting back on a small luxury.

The fields would begin to level out: then and only then would food have one realistic price.

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