40 Year Study: Organic Farming Produces Better Yields During Droughts, Higher Profits for Farmers

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Organic systems achieve 3-6 times the profit of conventional production and 40% higher yields during stressful drought periods, according to the longest-running investigation comparing organic and conventional grain-cropping approaches in North America.

The longest-running — four-decade — investigation comparing organic and conventional grain-cropping approaches in North America is reporting impressive results for organic.

Recently announced in the Rodale Institute’s Farming Systems Trial — 40-Year Report are these outcomes:

  • Organic systems achieve 3-6 times the profit of conventional production.
  • Yields for the organic approach are competitive with those of conventional systems (after a five-year transition period).
  • Organic yields during stressful drought periods are 40% higher than conventional yields.
  • Organic systems leach no toxic compounds into nearby waterways (unlike pesticide-intensive conventional farming), use 45% less energy than conventional and emit 40% less carbon into the atmosphere.

Beyond Pesticides reported in 2019 on similar results

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