Organic yields can almost equal ‘conventional’

Earthworks-Agricultural-Training-EAT-of-Earthworks-Urban-Farm_Detroit_Photo-by-detroitunspun-2-700x320New research shows that, under the right conditions, yields from organic farming can be nearly as high as with ‘conventional’ methods. In a new study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London entitled Diversification Practices Reduce Organic to Conventional Yield Gap, researchers from the University of California, Berkeley found that when organic farms employ agroecological practices like inter-cropping and crop rotations, the organic-conventional yield gap all but disappears. For legumes, there is no yield difference. The study used three times the number of farms and a more discerning, fine-grained statistical procedure than a previous study published in Nature by Seufert, Ramankutty and Foley in 2012 that due to a statistical bias erroneously concluded organic yielded 25% less than conventional agriculture. You can read more in this article “Agroecology and the disappearing yield gap” from Food First.