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Report finds organic farming fights climate change and develops comparable yields

December 16, 2008

Report finds organic farming fights climate change and develops comparable yields

Through scientific advances it has been made possible for organic farming to supply the world with a sustainable food source, according to a research paper released today by the Rodale Institute.

The paper reviewed about 60 research papers and found that natural systems that are sometimes hailed as being required for optimal production.

The paper cites a study that looked at the results from 286 farms in 57 countries. The study found that small farmers increased their crop yields by an average of 79 percent using techniques such as organic farming and crop rotation. This is because organically managed soils have more physical soil structure, which prevents erosion. They are also more permeable and have more accessible nutrients, which are vital for crop productivity, the paper says.

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