Organic can feed the world sustainably

FeedWorldGraphicA review study published as the cover story of the February issue of Nature Plants and summarized by The Organic Center shows that organic farming has an important role to play in sustainably feeding an ever-growing global population. Researchers John Reganold and Jonathan Wachter from Washington State University reviewed 100 studies to determine how organic farming measures up to conventional food production in terms of productivity, environmental impact, economic viability, and social well-being. They found that while organic agriculture sometimes produces lower yields compared to conventional agriculture, organic farms are more profitable, deliver more environmental benefits, and are healthier in terms of increased nutritional benefit and reduced dietary pesticide exposure than conventionally produced foods.

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