Interesting article, but can we please stop using the word "chemical" as if chemicals are things made only in laboratories? Water is a chemical. Proteins are chemicals. Basically, any macroscale matter is composed of chemicals, but somehow the word only gets applied to things that are manufactured. It drives me nuts.
This article was pretty good. I am glad to see the citation for the science behind the claim of organic being of higher nutritional value. Growing organically does take more time and more labor, but as it says, if you like the work, then that's fine! More work you like!
The only point I wanted to make was that yields OVER TIME will not be lower than conventionally grown produce. Once you get your garden established, over time, you are are creating healthier soil. Each year your yields will grow until they surpass conventional. The plants will also be much more likely to fight off disease and pests. Studies have shown that organically grown plants have better, well, for lack of a better term, "immune systems." They are less stressed. So just as you can fight off a cold better when you are well fed and well rested, so can plants fight off insect invasions and disease with less loss of production.
In fact, some studies show that weaker plants actually attract insects, kind of nature's culling effect so the strongest survive. Another reason not to use petrochemical-based herbicides/fungicides/insecticides! And if you start saving your own seeds, over time you'll develop strong, disease-resistant plants that are uniquely suited to your own microclimate.
I like the Rodale Institute web page (google it) for a lot of up-to-date information about organic growing, both for growers and consumers. Sustainable, organic growing makes the most sense!
7/25/2011 12:46:55 PM
I practice organic vegetable gardening in my raised beds - I use organic fertilizers and tons of compost and my yields are higher than my neighbors who use big-box fertilizers. I am spreading out into my flowers this year as well, and hope to use cornmeal as a preemergent lawn fertilizer next spring. IF I can persuade my lawn care guy to give it a try.
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