WILMINGTON — Steve Berke with the Farm Bureau spoke to Wilmington Noon Rotary about the the difference between organic and traditional farming.
Berke stated he came to his job by way of the Peace Corps (he served in Paraguay) and George Washington University.
Though organic farming has grown significantly, it creates a pre-conceived idea of too expensive or too time consuming, and so still is not widely adopted by large production operations, stated a Rotary press release. While there are those who will seek organic solutions, many consumers still make their final food decisions based on price, the release stated.
Berke said enough food could be produced using organic farming methods to feed the world. However, it does not have enough of a following to make it profitable and practical, added the release.
The USDA and FDA are the government agencies that can officially label a product organic.