For years we have heard how conventional farming out performs Organic, but is that really true? Do we have any real studies? Studies not paid for by special interest groups!! Well guess what, now we do. The Rodale Institute has concluded its 30 year trial study of organic vs conventional farming. The results may shock some of you.
“Organic farming is far superior to conventional systems when it comes to building, maintaining and replenishing the health of the soil. For soil health alone, organic agriculture is more sustainable than conventional. When one also considers yields, economic viability, energy usage, and human health, it’s clear that organic farming is sustainable, while current conventional practices are not.”
“after thirty years of a rigorous side-by-side comparison, the rodale institute confidently concludes organic methods are improving the quality of our food, improving the health of our soils and water, and improving our nation’s rural areas. Organic agriculture is creating more jobs, providing a livable income for farmers, and restoring america’s confidence in our farming community and food system.”
Organic yields match conventional yields.
Organic outperforms conventional in years of drought.
Organic farming systems build rather than deplete soil organic matter, making it a more sustainable system.
Organic farming uses 45% less energy and is more efficient.
conventional systems produce 40% more greenhouse gases.
Organic farming systems are more profitable than conventional.”