The Rodale Institute's 30 year study has found conclusive evidence that organic methods imporve the environment and the nutrition of food while conventional agriculture has been destructive.
According to RI's website: "Organic farming is far superior to conventional systems when it comes to building, maintaining and replenishing the health of the soil. For soil health alone, organic agriculture is more sustainable than conventional. When one also considers yields, economic viability, energy usage, and human health, it’s clear that organic farming is sustainable, while current conventional practices are not.As we face uncertain and extreme weather patterns, growing scarcity and expense of oil, lack of water, and a growing population, we will require farming systems that can adapt, withstand or even mitigate these problems while producing healthy, nourishing food. After 30 years of side-by-side research in our Farming Systems Trial (FST)®, Rodale Institute has demonstrated that organic farming is better equipped to feed us now and well into the ever changing future"
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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.