In This Corner: Conventional Farming! In That Corner: Organic Farming! FIGHT!
Studies have come out recently that try to reduce the importance of sustainable organic farming methods.
Common sense seems to dictate that a farming protocol that relies on natural balance rather than chemical intervention in a farming cycle ought to produce superior results over the long haul.
That’s because Nature has had millions of years to perfect the cycle, and takes account of variables we simply can’t know, while chemical interventions usually try to control for a few variables and the whole tends to suffer with imbalance.
The Rodale Institute has something to say about this debate. Common sense seems to be winning when looking back over 35 years.
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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.
……….Of course, there are big bucks in conventional agriculture, especially the expensive proprietary seeds and the fertilizers that go with them. It’s no surprise then that the pro-GMO lobby is hard at work trying to convince us that GMOs are the key to feeding our world’s exploding population. One argument that I see a lot from the pro-GMO crowd is that if you’re anti-GMO you’re anti science. Thirty years of side-by-side trials strikes me as some pretty solid science.
Image via The Farming Systems Trial
Article excerpt courtesy care2.com
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