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!
- 11/17/2011 8:09:57 PM