The war in Ukraine is a real threat to poor countries and is causing a food crisis. But according to Syngenta boss Erik Fyrwald, organic farming is also responsible for the food shortage. Too unproductive, harmful to the climate, responsible for famine, really? This is a simplistic view of the problem, to say the least, and one that hides the responsibility of the agro-industry.
"On the contrary, solving famine in the long term will only be possible by making Africa less dependent on imports, seeds and plant protection products," says Knut Schmidtke, head of the Research Institute for Organic Agriculture (Fibl) in Frick, Aargau.
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