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Long-term studies show that organic can increase yields and build soil health

Oct 10, 2017

For almost four decades, Rodale Institute has been running side-by-side trials to compare conventional and organic cropping systems. The most recent results from this study, published in Organic Agriculture, have found that the organic systems produce crop yields equal to the conventional yields. Organic plots also improved soil health, energy efficiency and released fewer greenhouse […]

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Organic rice paddies use less energy

Mar 01, 2017

A recent study published in the Journal of Environmental Management assessed energy usage and yields for organic and conventional rice production systems in the Piemonte region of Italy and in Missouri. Researchers collected data on both direct and indirect energy usage for 12 farms. Direct measures of energy use included the amount of fuel and […]

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Organic farming is more energy efficient than conventional farms

Sep 26, 2014

A recent review published in Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems has found that organic farming is more energy efficient than conventional farming for almost all crops when comparing the same amount of farmed area. The authors reviewed 50 studies in order to compare the amount of energy used for different facets of the farming system […]

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High energy efficiency on organic farms

Oct 08, 2013

Describing the differences in energy consumption between organic and conventional farms, a study by Professor Dalgaard of Aarhus University concludes that conversion to organic from conventional farming typically results in lower total fossil energy use. Although the research also found reduced production per area of agricultural land in organic systems, these reductions were outweighed by […]

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Organic production of citrus is more sustainable and cost effective

Jul 22, 2013

A study out of Sicily analyzing the sustainability of organic versus conventional orange and lemon orchards found that organic management has better environmental and energy performance than their conventional counterparts. Researchers used a lifecycle assessment to examine the production cycle over 50 years, focusing on energy use, environmental impacts, and economic analyses. In addition to […]

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Organic Farming is Energy Efficient

Aug 11, 2011

By Lynel Shreve   Here in Boulder, Colorado, the summer temperatures are finally beginning their slow descent from the highs of July. If you are like me, and use an AC unit for the summer blasts, this is a wonderful time of the year because you know something else will also be decreasing: your energy […]

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