Can organic farms compete with industrial-scale farming?
The importance of organic versus conventional farming is becoming a hot topic. The latter kind of activity, conducted on an industrial scale, is more costly due to vast acreage of plantations and the need to apply specialist agrotechnical solutions.
One might be tempted to ask whether organic crops can compete with industrial-scale farming at all. The other question concerns the yields and the effort which is necessary to make organic farming a good business, not only beneficial for consumers’ health and attractive from the ideological point of view, but also profitable.
Research lays the foundation of food security
An overview of over 100 studies comparing organic and conventional farming has provided evidence that organic crops are more plentiful than previously thought. Research conducted at University of California, Berkeley, has also proven that using some techniques might help reduce the gap between the efficiency of organic and traditional plantations.
Boosting crop efficiency
A meta-analysis of a body of research has led to a conclusion that the yields on organic farms are 19.2% lower than those on the conventional ones. Focusing on crop optimization, two agricultural techniques were examined: multi-cropping (growing various kinds of crops together on the same field) and crop rotation. They are expected to reduce the gap between the efficiency of organic and conventional crops by 8% and 9% respectively.