Is it possible to feed the world sustainably?

According to John Reganold and Jonathan Wachter it is. The Washington State University researching duo authored “Organic Agriculture in the 21st Century” which was published in Nature Plants. Through extensive research, they found organic agriculture is playing a key role in innovative farming systems.

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Illustrated by Reganold and Wachter, this graph shows how organic farming systems can better balance the four areas of sustainability.

Rather than single out any sector of farming, they found the best approach to feed an ever-growing population was through a systems approach; a blend of all farming systems.

What was interesting though, is that they did find, under extreme drought conditions, organic farms have the potential to produce high yields because of the higher water-holding capacity of organically farmed soils, backing up what we’ve known to be true for years.

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