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A Left Critic of Organic Agriculture

The series of four articles by Steve Clark (The Militant, August 13, 20,27 and September 10, 2002) discusses a number of questions about capitalism, imperialism and agriculture on which we can all agree easily. But the focus of his polemic is against organic agriculture and his rejection of the suggestion that its adoption in Cuba may be something more than an emergency measure. It was in part motivated by a letter from Karl Butts who was worried that the ending of a previous article in the Militant seems to be giving "a certain political weight to the concept of organic production being preferable to that where chemicals are used "and that readers "may also come away thinking Cuba generally chooses not to use chemicals in agricultural production." I think he got it all wrong practically, in terms of the actual technical advantages of ecological agriculture, and theoretically.

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