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Increasing organic yields: risks and benefits – a new study

In conventional agriculture, increases in yields are largely due to increased use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers and thus have come with a number of negative side effects. More recently, there has been a push to increase yields in organic agriculture but there has been little assessment of potential unintended consequences. A new study recently published in the journal Agronomy for Sustainable Development has tried to assess the potential costs and benefits associated with increasing yields within organic agriculture.

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The benefits of organic farming in the latest research on the sector in US

“Organic agriculture offers many benefits  and could be an important part of a suite of strategies to improve the sustainability and equity of our food system”.

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