Continuing the discussion from What is neoliberalism?:
Organic farming does not mean doing nothing about pests. It is a rapidly expanding technology that uses knowledge about the lifecycle and ecology of pests (including certain insects, weeds, fungi and nematodes, etc) and of crop plants to minimize crop damage and improve yields. A related and overlapping approach is integrated pest management. Conventional agriculture with intensive use of pesticides has serious sustainability problems because of the evolution of pest resistance (it’s the same game as antibiotic resistance in medicine), which in the long run may lead to declines in yield with continued serious negative environmental side effects. Tools and techniques developed by organic farmers are often quite useful to conventional farmers. So don’t denigrate organic farming–it is certainly part of the solution, and it is a dynamic and growing area of technology that is sophisticated and utilizes much of the same high tech as conventional (e.g., aerial imaging, genetics, GPS, etc).