Demand from global population growth dictates the need for more efficient use of natural resources and more emphasis on conservation. Forest farming offers integrated production and conservation solutions to address these challenges. We need public policy and regulations that support this option.
Organic agriculture, with solid double digit growth in annual sales, is one of the production success stories of the past decade. Unless industry and government work more effectively towards building domestic value-chains for the organic sector in this country, the past two decades of growth will only have succeeded in developing another high risk, low reward farming option.