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Organic food “yes”, organic food “no”: a discussion between specialists with the Italian Parliament in the fray

Abstract : The SETA group (Agricultural Science and Technology) sent a letter to the Italian Parliament advising them not to adopt a legislative measure that favors organic and biodynamic agriculture compared to the conventional one. Another group of scientists thinks instead that the Italian government should favor organic and biodynamic agriculture and explains its reasons. The current article lists the SETA letter and the point of view of other Italian and international ecologists, economists, pedologists, ecologists, writers and artists, which are tendentially “protectors of nature” but not idealists. Nor are they so much in agreement with each other. Judge for yourself in scrolling through the Discussion chapter. The divergence leads to the “why” it is necessary to switch to organic farming not on the “need” to do so. There are also disappointments about the use of GMOs orthe costs of highly technological agriculture. The situation is such on planet Earth that it is necessary to involve the whole society to get out of it. In addition, politicians are also needed to structure the collective action that only if conceived by the whole society and not by individuals or by non-coordinated organizations can save our species. We are convinced that agriculture and soil are among the fundamental levers of this action.
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Michael Aubert, Damien Banas, Manuel Blouin, Cristian Bolzonella, Karine Bonneval, et al.. Organic food “yes”, organic food “no”: a discussion between specialists with the Italian Parliament in the fray. Austin Anthropology, Austin Publishing Group, 2020, 4 (1), pp.1012. ⟨10.26420/austinanthropol.2020.1012⟩. ⟨hal-02499526⟩

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