|data supporting organic farming as more productive||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Shodo Spring (shodo.springgmail.com)|
|Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2011 17:46:12 -0800 (PST)|
Two articles quoted in Organic Valley newsletter, both supporting organic as more productive than chemical farming. Not to mention soil health and nutritional advantages - this is just about quantity. (I have not yet read the original articles.) Organic Can Feed the World<http://www.theatlantic.com/life/archive/2011/12/organic-can-feed-the-world/249348/> www.theatlantic.comworkworkDecember 05, 2011 Too bad solid, scientific research hasn't been enough to drive that nail home. A 2010 United Nations study (PDF) concluded that organic and other sustainable farming methods that come under the umbrella of what the study's authors called "agroecology" would be necessary to feed the future world. Two years earlier, a U.N. examination (PDF) of farming in 24 African countries found that organic or near-organic farming resulted in yield increases of more than 100 percent. Another U.N.-supported report entitled "Agriculture at a Crossroads" (PDF), compiled by 400 international experts, said that the way the world grows food will have to change radically to meet future demand. It called for governments to pay more attention to small-scale farmers and sustainable practices -- shooting down the bigger-is-inevitably-better notion that huge factory farms and their efficiencies of scale are necessary to feed the world. Suspicious of the political motives of the U.N.? Well, there's a study that came out in 2010 from the all-American National Research Council. Written by professors from seven universities, including the University of California, Iowa State University, and the University of Maryland, the report finds that organic farming, grass-fed livestock husbandry, and the production of meat and crops on the same farm will be needed to sustain food production in this country. Yet Again, Organic Ag Proves Just as Productive as Chemical Ag<http://motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2011/11/organic-ag-more-productive> motherjones.comworkworkNovember 17, 2011 At the LTAR fields in Adair County, the (LTAR) runs four fields: one managed with the Midwest-standard two-year corn-soy rotation featuring the full range of agrochemicals; and the other ones organically managed with three different crop-rotation systems. The chart below records the yield averages of all the systems, comparing them to the average yields achieved by actual conventional growers in Adair County: So, in yield terms, both of the organic rotations featuring corn beat the Adair County average and came close to the conventional patch. Two of the three organic rotations featuring soybeans beat both the county average and the conventional patch; and both of the organic rotations featuring oats trounced the county average. In short, Borlaug's claim of huge yield advantages for the chemical-intensive agriculture he championed just don't pan out in the field.- Shodo Spring 612-562-0614 (temporary) 507-384-8541 Beginning January 4, I will have no phone or email. Emergency contact at Tassajara: 831-659-2229
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