PoultryUSA - October 2017 - 21
THERE IS A
gap between organic
land, natural resources and birds are required. The
result is higher greenhouse gas emissions and a larger
■ Biosecurity: Organic management can result in increased exposure to predators and diseases like avian
■ Cost and scale: Organic agriculture can be more profitable than conventional agriculture, but high labor and
input costs can offset gains.
There is a significant yield gap between
organic and conventional agriculture, and a lack of
feed availability is a challenge.
Sustainability is key to all the alternative production
systems, Lovette said. Many consumers may love the image surrounding organic, for example, and some may even
be willing to pay for it. "As an agribusiness, we are willing
to meet this consumer demand. As agriculturalists, we
know converting the entire poultry industry to organic will
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Consumer perception of
'big ag' and food attitudes
farmland globally destroying the planet.
ONE FARMER now able to feed
155 vs 26
76.3% of funding coming
from private businesses,
Source: Bill Lovette; www.geneticliteracyproject.org, www.foodinsights.org,
If the entire poultry industry went organic, it would
result in fewer resources, a greater environmental
footprint and less chicken produced.