Organic farming just as productive as conventional

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    Organic farming just as productive as conventional, and better at building soil, Rodale finds | Grist
     
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    organic farming normally produces smaller yields with more blemishes....and there is really no taste difference
     
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    Industrial farming works because it insinuates inorganic fertilizers (read petrochemicals to a large extent) and herbicides and pesticides into the soil.

    Organic farming can achieve the same results or better, but the labor involved is higher.

    Plus I doubt we could find enough organic material to create the harvest necessary to feed the nation.

    But as far as organic farming goes, the Amish have been practicing sustaining organic farming for about 200 years and are sitting, partially as a result of their farming practices, on some of the most fertile land the USA.
     
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    "In 4 out of 5 years of moderate drought, the organic systems had significantly higher corn yields (31 percent higher) than the conventional system."

    sounds great for arid regions
     
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    I know a wee little bit about this schtuff.:eusa_shhh::cool:
    Organic produces slightly lower yields on certain crops. I grow tomatoes and bell peppers in a controlled environment ( greenhouses drip irrigation on humidistats). I out produce one of my neighbours by 20%.
    He blows me off the map with chemicalized cabbage as opposed to my organic.
    I feed my peach palms ( Bactris sp) rabbit shit. He uses chemicals. I blow him away.
    He blows me away with his avocado's.
    It's about an even trade off.It costs him a hell of a lot more to grow the DuPont way and he is considering changing to my way if only for the cost benefit.
     
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    Don't you idiots care about your food ???????????????????????
     
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    I can turn this into an educational thread, sans conspiracy theories.
     
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    People who live in the city and who have really no concept of what it's like to live anywhere else, or what it means to be in the an agricultural community, or the huge importance of farming and food production, have exactly zero interest in this stuff. They think farmers are dolts, that the majorty of the US exists to produce things for them, and happy about it. So you won't get many hits on ag information. I find it interesting, but I think on this message board, you won't find many others.
     
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