How did it all begin?
Organic Agriculture is much more than just a way to naturally treat soil, plants and animals. It is a shift of minds which was only possible because organic pioneers prepared the ground for it: a new paradigm, leaving behind the old fashioned, backward oriented practices of industrialized agriculture.
It was one of IFOAM's founders, Lady Eve Balfour, who said that the characteristics of truly sustainable agriculture can be summed up by the word "permanence".
William Lockeretz took the initiative to bring clever minds together to write about the early days. His book Organic Farming - An International History provides an overview of how it all began - it also clearly states that the mission has not been achieved yet. Many minds still need to be shifted.