The Organic Green Revolution
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A newly released Rodale Institute research paper shows that the latest scientific approaches in organic agriculture offer affordable, immediately usable and universally accessible ways to improve yields and access to nutritional food in developing countries. "The Organic Green Revolution" paper is available at www.rodaleinstitute.org/files/GreenRevUP.pdf "Yield data just by itself makes the case for a focused and persistent move to organic farming systems," explains Dr. Tim LaSalle, co-author of the report and CEO of the Rodale Institute, a 60-year-old research and education non-profit organisation. "When we also consider that organic systems are building the health of the soil, sequestering CO2, cleaning up the waterways, and returning more economic yield to the farmer, the argument for an Organic Green Revolution becomes overwhelming. Since these methods build the soil they also increase drought and flood resistance as well as adaptability to climate change," LaSalle added.
The Rodale Institute paper cites a major 2008 study which assessed results from 286 farms in 57 countries, finding that small farmers increased their crop yields by an average of 79 % by using environmentally sustainable techniques, including organic farming and crop rotation, reports Marketwatch. The data and analyses compiled in the "Organic Green Revolution" report show that organic agricultural practices are established, commercially successful and applicable - as shown by farmers across the United States - from family market farms to commercial operations.
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