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Jakarta Post

Guiding Indonesia to organic front stage

  • Rasmus Abildgaard Kristensen

    Ambassador of Denmark to Indonesia

Jakarta   /   Sat, January 18 2020   /  01:51 am

Does organic farming have a future in Indonesia? In many developing countries, organic agriculture is still met with skepticism. Critics argue that it is inefficient, requiring more land than conventional agriculture to yield the same amount of food. As a result prices are higher. If people cannot afford regular food, how would they be able to pay for organic food? Proponents of organic agriculture are even compared to the last Queen of France before the French Revolution, Marie Antoinette, who famously uttered, “If they can’t afford to buy bread then why don’t they just eat cake”. However, experience from Denmark and other countries shows that there are real economic, social and health benefits to organic and sustainable farming, including in Indonesia. Despite lower yields, organic farming is more profitable for farmers than conventional agriculture because consumers are willin...