Is organic farming really more sustainable than conventional farming? Take a look at the proof on paper.
Proof can be hard to come by. But when a study goes for 30 years and is documented, then it’s hard to refute. And the results are in for this 30 year side-by-side trial of organic farming and conventional farming.
Here’s some specifics.
The Farming Systems Trial (FST)® at Rodale Institute is America’s longest running, side-by-side comparison of organic and chemical agriculture.
Started in 1981 to study what happens during the transition from chemical to organic agriculture, the FST surprised a food community that still scoffed at organic practices.
After an initial decline in yields during the first few years of transition, the organic system soon rebounded to match or surpass the conventional system.
Over time, FST became a comparison between the long term potential of the two systems.
So, what exactly are the Organic Farming vs. Conventional Farming findings in the comparison?
Here’s a look at what the report actually showed. It may just amaze you.
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- 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.
As we celebrate the findings of this study, we must now turn our attention to a bigger question. How do we go from the study that we see such amazing results from to implementing this out in the field? How do we make Organic Farming Methods work?
That’s where the consumer public comes into play. By supporting organic farmers, the consumer is casting their vote and raising their voice for more organic fields to be sown.
There are some conventional farmers who are already transitioning over to organic farming. But it can take 3 years, depending upon their circumstances. During that time of preparation and change, they are taking a huge risk.
That’s why studies like this one are important. They not only show the reading public about the Benefits of Organic Farming, which they most often already know, but they also encourage the conventional farmer to make the switch.
They may also convince new farmers to go and stay organic. For sure this is happening with small acre farms who want to give healthy produce to their families.
Why not encourage a farmer today? Know anyone who’s thinking of making the switch from conventional farming to organic farming?
Let them know that they are making the right choice. An Organic Family Farm is the best way to start.
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