The head of the Swiss agrochemical company, Syngenta, says we should stop organic farming to make sure we can feed the world.
Erik Fyrwald says the rich world should increase its yield to counter the global food crisis. In an interview with the NZZ, he says organic yields can be 50% less than non-organic farming.
He says a better method would be regenerative farming, which uses some organic methods such as crop rotation – but also allows targeted pesticide use and GMOs.
But organic farmers rejected the idea. President of the Small Farmers' Association, Kilian Baumann, says the chemical company is fighting for sales as fewer pesticides are being used.