8 Dec 2009

Can we go 100 percent organic?

Since 40 percent of America's food supply goes to waste, it seems possible to switch all production to organics:
  • We can have enough, even with 40 percent lower yields.
  • Higher prices would reduce demand for food, and thus obesity. (They may cause people to switch to cheaper foods, but those tend to be better for you -- rice vs meat -- if you ignore the idea that steakhouse diners will switch to McDs.)
Of course, this will not happen through regulation or a wholesale change in people's demand for food. It could happen if water or carbon use was taxed: that waste uses 25 percent of fresh water and 300million bbl oil; that's not even counting methane resulting from rot.

Your thoughts?