Land trust farmer shares handsome surroundings, inventive planting tool, and a secret (shhh, it’s olive oil)

BakerCreekSeeds | October 11, 2010 | Scott Chaskey is president of NOFA, NY, and Quail Hill farm. A wonderful organic farm on a land trust on Long Island. Learn about its produce, contribution to sustainable small farming methods. With Paul Wallace of the Petaluma Seed Bank.
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Organic farming proves only fractionally beneficial to wildlife while cutting yields substantially

It may not be what you want to hear, but science is all about laying bare reality without prejudice, and a detailed comparison of organic and conventional farming reveals that organic farming increases local wildlife diversity by just 12%. While even that marginal ecological benefit is desirable, it cannot offset the reduced yields associated with organic methods according to new research from the University of Leeds in England. Read more here.

Our results show that to produce the same amount of food in the UK using organic rather than conventional means, we’d need to use twice the amount of land for agriculture. As the biodiversity benefits of organic farming are small, then the lower yield may be a luxury we can’t afford… ~ Professor Tim Benton

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