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Is organic farming as productive as conventional farming?

Kate Geagan
Nutrition & Dietetics
Organic is just as productive as conventional: The Farming Systems Trial has found that organic agriculture is equally productive to conventional. Corn yields over 27 years of the trial, for example, were equivalent between the organic and conventional systems. Organic soil sequesters more carbon into the soil, making it a carbon sink of sorts. In contrast, the conventional plots experienced a net loss of carbon-making organic agriculture a powerful tool, immediately available to us, to help keep our climate from warming. Organic soil outperforms conventional in years of drought. In 4 out of 5 years of moderate drought, the organic systems had significantly higher corn yields (31% higher) than the conventional system. With water predicted to become the next oil, this is an advantage whose monetary value will only make organics more cost competitive.

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