14 May '12, 11am

The organic farming debate is about more than just yields

The organic farming debate is about more than just yields

Yields from organic farming may not match those produced by farmers who use synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, but there are other good reasons to buy and support organic -- its health benefits, the good that it does for farm workers, even its animal-welfare rules. So, at least, say executives of the Organic Trade Association , a Washington-based group that represents about 6,500 organic farmers, producers, retailers and suppliers. "Yield is only one window into organic farming," says Laura Batcha, executive vice president of the trade group. Organic farming is "good for the environment. It's good for local economies. It's good for the farmer incomes." A 2008 USDA survey of organic production found that organic farms had average annual sales of $217,675, compared to the $134,807 average for U.S. farms overall. Overall, the U.S. organic industry, including fiber as well ...

Full article: http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2012/05/14/organic-farming-d...

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