Organic farming yields fringe benefits

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WASHINGTON – A 21-year comparison of farming methods has shown that organic farming produces crops that average about 20 percent smaller than crops produced using conventional methods.

The study by Swiss scientists also found that organic farmers use land far more efficiently and with less environmental impact than other modern farmers.

Is it worth it? Unlike conventional farming, organic farming uses no synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. The organic approach more than made up the difference in crop yields through its ecological benefits, argue the scientists who conducted the study.

In one of the longest running studies of its kind, Paul M

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