Organic Farming vs. Conventional Farming: Results of a 30 Year Study

October 17th, 2011

Via: Rodale Institute:

Organic yields match conventional yields.

Organic outperforms conventional in years of drought.

Organic farming systems build rather than deplete soil organic matter, making it a more sustainable system.

Organic farming uses 45% less energy and is more efficient.

Conventional systems produce 40% more greenhouse gases.

Organic farming systems are more profitable than conventional.

The hallmark of a truly sustainable system is its ability to regenerate itself. When it comes to farming, the key to sustainable agriculture is healthy soil, since this is the foundation for present and future growth.

Organic farming is far superior to conventional systems when it comes to building, maintaining and replenishing the health of the soil. For soil health alone, organic agriculture is more sustainable than conventional. When one also considers yields, economic viability, energy usage, and human health, it’s clear that organic farming is sustainable, while current conventional practices are not.

As we face uncertain and extreme weather patterns, growing scarcity and expense of oil, lack of water, and a growing population, we will require farming systems that can adapt, withstand or even mitigate these problems while producing healthy, nourishing food. After 30 years of side-by-side research in our Farming Systems Trial (FST), Rodale Institute has demonstrated that organic farming is better equipped to feed us now and well into the ever changing future.

Research Credit: alvinroast

One Response to “Organic Farming vs. Conventional Farming: Results of a 30 Year Study”

  1. LoneWolf Says:

    Kevin you crazy ex-pat everyone knows we need to get on our knees and pray to (lick the boots of) the USDA.

    They don’t want us to grow Organic.

    The USDA owns the name ‘Organic’ and sellers at a farm market cannot use the term. They must label their foods as ‘Home Grown’.

    The youtube video is good.

    In order to sell your home grown fruit at the now centrally planned “farmers market” you must submit a “crop plan” and have your Garden inspected by filling out a “farm schedule”

    After that’s done you’re more than welcome to sell your oranges once you fill out your various tax forms, sign the ten page 8000 word contract agreement with the city manager, pay your filing fees and attain your organic certification and proper permits.

    As Rockefeller said: “competition is sin”

    organic or·gan·ic [awr gánnik]

    Yea, you Kiwis have it made! No hassles and no dictator corporations/government orgs treating you like a criminal.

    Not looking forward to tomorrow. Couple black ops from Monsanto are coming over to swab my throat and stick a probe in our …. to try to find GMO corn pollen that blew over from a neighbor’s field. The sh*t is everywhere. Big IP lawsuits these days.

    God bLess Amerika

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