20 Sep '11, 12pm

Organic Farming Outperforms Conventional Practices in 30-Year Study

Organic farming produces yields that match or surpass those of conventional farming systems, especially during times of drought, according to a new 30-year study. The non-profit Rodale Institute today announces the latest results of the Farming Systems Trial, America's longest running side-by-side comparison of organic and conventional farming practices, encompassing productivity, soil quality, energy and economics. The institute concludes that organic methods are improving the quality of food, the health of soils and water, and the conditions of rural areas. "Organic agriculture creates more jobs, provides a livable income for farmers, and can restore America's confidence in our farming community and food system," the organization says. Key findings from the study include: Organic yields match or surpass conventional yields. Organic yields outperform conventional yields i...

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