The good news swirling around the organic food and beverage category in recent months has been abundant. Federal spending on a variety of organic programs was increased under the auspices of the 2014 farm act, and a recent meta-analysis has identified several nutritional differences between products grown in an organic fashion vs. those grown conventionally.
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A new analysis of agricultural studies challenges the conventional “biased” view that pesticide-free agriculture cannot feed the world. The researchers also found that optimizing organic productivity through techniques such as multi-cropping and crop rotation could further reduce the gap.
New research shows the supposed productivity gaps between organic and conventional farming may be a lot smaller than thought—and organic farming may be especially competitive during droughts like the one currently crushing California’s massive agricultural sector.