Organic Agriculture Produces as Much or More Food Than Chemical-based Agriculture

Reuters News Service

Organic farming can yield up to three times as much food as conventional farming in developing countries, and holds its own against standard methods in rich countries, US researchers said on Tuesday.

They said their findings contradict arguments that organic farming—which excludes the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides—is not as efficient as conventional techniques.

“My hope is that we can finally put a nail in the coffin of the idea that you can’t produce enough food through organic agriculture,” Ivette Perfecto, a professor at the University of Michigan’s school of Natural Resources and Environment, said in a statement.

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So … why doesn’t our system favor organic methods? Says Perfecto, whose work was published in the journal Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems: “Corporate interest in agriculture and … a lot of influence by the chemical companies and pesticide companies as well as fertilizer companies all have been playing an important role in convincing the public that you need to have these inputs to produce food.” Oh, right. We forgot.