11 Aug '12, 7pm

[email protected] Organic farming uses 45 percent less energy than chemical, says long-term Rodale Inst. study @RodaleNews

.@fmlappe Organic farming uses 45 percent less energy than chemical, says long-term Rodale Inst. study @RodaleNews

Since 1981, the Rodale Institute has been doing side-by-side trials of organically-grown and conventionally-grown corn and soybeans to see how organic farming really stacks up against industrial agriculture and GMOs. What they are finding might surprise you. You can check out the entire report here (pdf) , but these are a few of the key points: During times of drought, organic farming outperforms conventional methods by 31 percent. Organic farming yields are about the same as conventional yields under normal weather conditions. Organic farming uses 45 percent less energy than conventional. Researchers think that the higher yields during drought are due to improved soil quality from organic farming, which makes the soil better at holding on to water. The organic soil retained 15 to 20 percent more water than soil on the conventional land. The other area where organics outpe...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/study-organic-farming-vs...

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