What does TOC do?
We, The Organic Company, believe that organic farming is the future, a must, and that conventional farming is destructive and should be forbidden. So, we have to deal with the downside; lower field output.
In order to deal with lower field output, we highlight on 3 areas of solution/change in behaviour:
1. LESS AND BETTER
We in The Organic Company work with a “less and better” strategy, which comprehend good quality, good functionality, no fast fashion or trendy colours as well as alternatives to disposables. This we would like to see as mainstream business. In general, we have to realise, that many disposable products use the same amount of raw material as reusables, this makes the shift (from disposable to reusable) an essential move towards a much better resource management.
Perhaps our generations at a point in time will be called the “disposable generations” or the “waste generations”.
2. FOOD WASTE
In the food industry from post-harvest to retail level (not included!) 14% of all food is waste. This number gets bigger when the entire supply chain is included and an area we have to improve. Did you know that around 1.4 million bananas are thrown out every day in UK?
References: Organic Authority, New Food Magazine, Science Daily.
3. POSITIVE DEVELOPMENT WITH ORGANIC AGRICULTURE
Lastly, we all have to look at the development. Organic farming has over the years improved the output with environmentally friendly methods. Meaning not violating the soil.
To emphasise the conventional hence critical behaviour, an UN report came out recently with a devasting message: we see an extinction of up to 1 million species and the total biomass has shrunk with 82%. This have happened mainly in recent decades.
Besides above GOTS certified organic cotton production has lower water consumption and less CO2 emissions compared to conventional cotton farming.
You may read more about this as well as GOTS in other posts: Soil Association, The Food and Agriculture Organisation, Britannica, The Guardian, The Food and Agriculture Organisation, Soil Association – Myth busters.