argylesock says… I hadn’t heard of this science but now that I have, the results sound too good to be true. Every one of the conclusions got me thinking, ‘This is what we allotmenteers have been saying for years!’ On the principle that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t true, I checked who funded this research and I haven’t yet seen anything dodgy there. In other words, I’m inclined to believe in all of this study’s conclusions. I wonder how well it could be reproduced by other researchers. Also, how applicable are these methods in different agricultural regions and for different crops? [Edit] Karen Stillerman at the Union of Concerned Scientists reviewed the Marsden Farm Study here.
“The food crisis can only be conquered with even greater intensification.” “A new ‘Green Revolution’ to match that of South-East Asia is needed to improve yields further.” “Organic farming is a cute idea, but it will never replicate the yields of conventional agri-business.” Who hasn’t heard those arguments? And felt defeated by the challenge to tackle food security (aka enough food for all – of course there are also distribution issues) and sustainability in the future?
Well, according to an intensive, 9-year long research effort conducted by the US Department for Agriculture, Iowa State University and the University of Minnesota, these two aims are not contradictory at all.
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