1981 CE • Pennsylvania
"Started in 1981, Rodale Institute’s Farming Systems Trial is the longest-running side-by-side comparison of organic and conventional grain cropping systems in North America. For nearly 40 years, we have collected data measuring differences in soil health, crop yields, energy efficiency, water use and contamination, and nutrient density of crops grown in organic and conventional systems managed with different levels of tillage . . . Decades long research has shown that organic systems: - are competitive with conventional yields after a 5 year transition period - produce yields up to 40% higher in times of drought - earn 3-6 times greater profits for farmers - leach no toxic chemicals into waterways - use 45% less energy - release 40% fewer carbon emissions "
“Farming Systems Trial,” Rodale Institute, August 24, 2018, https://rodaleinstitute.org/science/farming-systems-trial/.
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