Organic farming is philosophy-based rather than science-based farming – it is a manifestation of the appeal to nature fallacy. This is the focus of a new paper by EU agricultural scientists who now have to confront the organic farming hobgoblin which is getting in the way of sustainable farming. Even if we do all that, organic farming still uses more land than conventional farming, so it really doesn’t address that criticism. We could propose an alternate approach that essentially makes organic farming redundant and takes the wind out of their sails – namely “sustainable farming”. As you can see this idea, that we need science-based sustainable farming and that organic farming is in the way, is not new.