Organic farming could feed the world, if only we would let it

July 24, 2016

 

CREDIT: ERIC RISBERG, FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Workers tend an organic farm in Bolinas, California. Organic farming still represents a tiny percentage of overall agriculture in the U.S., but holds the potential for so much more.

 

From the HuffingtonPost:

"When it comes to organic farming, many in the agricultural industry are on board in theory, if not in practice. And that’s largely because of low crop yields.

For many years, the prevailing perception has been that organic farming — which avoids synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, antibiotics and GMOs, and aims to preserve natural resources and biodiversity — cannot produce the sort of yields needed to provide food for the world’s population.

While a new report from researchers at the Friends of the Earthadmits that crop yields are, on average, currently smaller with organic farming than industrial farming, that doesn’t have to be the case. 

The report, released Tuesday by the D.C.-based environmental advocacy group, goes on to argue that crop yields shouldn’t be the only metric by which we should evaluate any given crop’s success." READ MORE AT HUFFINGTON POST

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