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Jury Still Out On Whether Organic Produce Is More Nutritious – Rodale Institute

October 5, 2011: 02:40 AM EST
A 30-year Rodale Institute experiment comparing conventional to organic farming systems in raising corn, soybean and wheat has found that the organic way is superior to conventional in terms of crop yields, sustainability and profit. But Rodale says that, despite recent findings, the jury is still out on whether crops produced organically are actually more nutritious. Rodale said many of the nutrition studies that show organic isn't better than conventional don't say how long the plant material has been hanging around. “Sometimes, the organic had been sitting around while the conventional was just picked, which can bias the results." As to profit, the study found that an organic farmer can earn twice as much than a chemical farmer who spends money on chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides.
Caren Baginski, "Organic trumps conventional farming in Rodale Institute's 30-year study", newhope360, October 05, 2011, © Penton Media
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