The future

There is a dramatic global shift towards organic/sustainable agricultural systems and it is a significant emerging industry in Australia.

Currently, Australia has more than 2000 certified organic producers, processors and retailers of organic food and fiber products.

They operate in diverse industries, including grains and pulses, horticulture, viticulture, beef and pork, dairy and honey.

The organic market in the United States reached $28.5 billion in 2005 according to Packaged Facts, the publishing division ofMarketReserch.com.

They also report that the market for organic fertilisers and non toxic pesticides is $360 million today and could grow to $670 million by 2011.

Scottish farmers now produce enough to meet 70 per cent of the demand for organic food—up from the 35 per cent estimated level in 2002. Scotland plans to double the area of organic agriculture and production by 2007— Organic News, 2005.

Low-tech 'sustainable agriculture', shunning chemicals in favour of natural pest control and fertilisers, is pushing up crop yields on poor farms across the world, often by 70 per cent or more. New Scientist, 3 February

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