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Based on a 30-year side-by-side trial [See full report pdf] of conventional and organic farming methods at Pennsylvania’s Rodale Institute, organic farming outperformed conventional farming in every category.
Rodale Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research, claims the Farming Systems Trial (FST)® at Rodale Institute is America’s longest running, side-by-side comparison of organic and chemical agriculture.
The farming trial started in 1981 for the purpose of studying what happens during the transition from chemical to organic agriculture.
Organic farming also helps sustain rural communities by creating more jobs; a UN study shows organic farms create 30 per cent more jobs per hectare than nonorganic. More of the money in organic farming goes to paying local people, rather than to farm inputs.”
The Rodale trials showed organic crops were more resilient, and organic corn yields were 31 percent higher than conventional in years of drought, compared to genetically modified (GM) “drought tolerant” varieties, which showed increases of only 6.7 per cent to 13.3 per cent over conventional (non-drought resistant) varieties.
Originally posted by kn0wh0w
Rodale Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research, claims Organic outperforms conventional.
How does one retute the claim that an institude dedicated to organic farming could be biased in finding their own policy is correct?
The "I tested my belief/claim and found I was right" argument isnt a strong one.
May I just add having spent some time looking at this "report", is that in fact it comes across more like a sales brochure than any scientific study. Unlike any scientific paper I've ever read, it has absolutely none of the raw data or numerical results whasoever and its presentation is more akin to that of something touting a new car or washing machine.