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Name:Class Section:Organic Farming Produces Same Corn and Soybean Yieldsas conventional farms, but consumes less energy and no pesticides, study findsJuly 13, 2005By Susan S. LangOrganic farming produces the same yields of corn and soybeans as does conventionalfarming, but uses 30 percent less energy, less water and no pesticides, a review of a 22-yearfarming trial study concludes.David Pimentel, a Cornell University professor of ecology and agriculture, concludes,"Organic farming offers real advantages for such crops as corn and soybeans." Pimentel isthe lead author of a study that is published in the July issue of Bioscience (Vol. 55:7)analyzing the environmental, energy and economic costs and benefits of growing soybeansand corn organically versus conventionally. The study is a review of the Rodale InstituteFarming Systems Trial, the longest running comparison of organic vs. conventional farming inthe United States."Organic farming approaches for these crops not only use an average of 30 percent lessfossil energy but also conserve more water in the soil, induce less erosion, maintain soil

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Term
Fall
Professor
Scully
Tags
Energy, organic farming, organic farming systems

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