Inspite all buzz for orhganic farms,new research finds that farms that aim for high food production using environmentally-friendly practices could be better for the environment than both organic and conventional farms.
A new study, led by Oxford University scientists found that “integrated” farms that maximized crop yields while using environmentally-friendly techniques — such as crop rotation, organic fertilisers, over winter cover crops, and minimal use of pesticides — would use less energy and generate lower greenhouse gas emissions per unit of production than both organic and conventional farms.A report of the research is published in the journal Agricultural Systems.
According to Wikipedia ,Organic farming is the form of agriculture that relies on techniques such as crop rotation, green manure, compost and biological pest control. Organic farming uses fertilizers and pesticides but excludes or strictly limits the use of manufactured(synthetic) fertilizers, pesticides (which include herbicides, insecticides and fungicides), plant growth regulators such as hormones, livestock antibiotics, food additives, genetically modified organisms, human sewage sludge, and nanomaterials.
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- Go Organic! (blog4reference.wordpress.com)
- Organic farming improves pollination success in strawberries (eurekalert.org)
- What’s the Difference Between Fair Trade, Sustainable and Organic? (neoexodusrevolution.wordpress.com)
- Global Agricultural Commodities Market to Reach 4.1 Billion Metric Tons by 2015, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. (prweb.com)