16 Oct '11, 8pm

Organic vs. conventional farming? On Blog Action Day, we break it down. #BAD2011 #FOOD

Organic vs. conventional farming? On Blog Action Day, we break it down. #BAD2011 #FOOD

Today marks Blog Action Day 2011 — an annual event that unites the world’s bloggers around the same issue. This year’s topic? FOOD. Cool Green Science asked Joe Fargione , lead scientist with The Nature Conservancy’s North America Region, to share his thoughts on a food topic we’re often asked about: is organic food better for the environment? Here Joe explains the trade-offs between buying organic foods and using less land through conventional farming practices. Growing crops has several impacts on the environment. Crop production takes land, water and other inputs which can include synthetic fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides (all of which can be either synthetic or natural). Let’s discuss each in turn. Organic crops do generally have lower yields and therefore require more land . This has been shown in randomized experimental designs and on real farms. In 2008 the U...

Full article: http://blog.nature.org/2011/10/blog-action-day-2011/

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