Latest study re-opens organic crop yield debate

Date Published: 10/11/2015

Every new piece of research into various aspects of organic farming and food production has to be welcomed, whether the results are something the sector wants to hear or not. It is all building the knowledge base and adding to a body of work that will provide more and more robust evidence as time goes on.

This week we’re seeing pretty widespread reporting of a new study by researchers at McGill University and the University of Minnesota.

http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-organic-farming-20120426,0,896912.story?track=rss

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/04/120425140114.htm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17829764

 

Need to build fertility for the first few years to maximise yields

Good for developing world farmers – other studies (?) say high yields for low input costs

Organic has had less crop development research – lots of improvement possible if that situation were improved