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Organic farms yield less produce, require more land

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It looks like GOD screwed up in the beginning by making everything organic.

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Depends on the time scale, organic farming is giving back to the soil and keeping it healthy. Chemical farming is killing the soil, the rivers, the environment.

There are many ways to grow food that does not even need soil and this kind of farming is urgently needed in major city centers, like farming on roof tops. There are skyscrapers in Tokyo with rice farming on the roof. It cuts down the need to transport in food which take several days to reach the markets from the farms.

Time to think outside of the compost heap so farming can happen in the cities. Grow the food where it's needed.

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According to whose study? Monsanto's?

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The study also found that organic yields rose over time as soil fertility and management skills improved.

"Slow and steady wins the race." Learned that in kindergarten.

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It looks like GOD screwed up in the beginning by making everything organic.

God didn't put 7 billion people on the planet.

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The study also found that organic yields rose over time as soil fertility and management skills improved

Did it also acconut for the land that produced that fertilizer? The problem with organic is not just the low yield. It's that you also need extra land for livestock production to produce fertilizer, versus chemical fertilizers that capture nitrogen right out of the air and use petrofertilizers that require no land to produce them.

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There's so much unused arable land in the world, especially in Canada, the former Soviet Union and yes even Japan.

In Europe, the governments are paying farmers not to farm because there's an oversupply of some crops.

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its time for closed enviroment hydroponic farming in vertical skyscraper farm buildings.

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Yes! Organic on a commercial scale could be slower at first! But thats part of the problem! The oil it takes to transport food! Community gardens or even small personal gardens can, with effort, produce a substantial crop for a family or more! Anything that an individual can grow or as a collective can be of value! We gotta start somewhere! Chemical farming has killed the soil as zichi has pointed out! Myself, I'm starting small and building a garden over a period of two years! This year is only herbs and a few tomato plants. By next year a 400 sq. ft. plot! For example, a twenty foot row of carrots can be grown in a 4 sq ft plot! Dig? Many Many ways a person can grow food! Look it up! Start something in containers! It can be fun and if done right, not that much effort and the rewards are great! No freakin chemicals...

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jeez, just send a whole bunch of tractors and big farming appliances to fertile parts of Africa....everytime you see pictures of starving Africa the women have hand held tools. no men, no zappy tractors.....and then you hear people complaining about organic rooftop gardening doesnt produce enough, despite that it is organic on top of concrete

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There's so much unused arable land in the world, especially in Canada, the former Soviet Union and yes even Japan.

Not as much as you'd think. Despite it's size russia only has an estimated 1,174,284 square kilometers of arable land if they were to use the most advanced agricultural systems available which is still dwarfed by US capacity which is around 1.7 million. The yeilds of the mentioned countries are limited by climate and soil conditions.

Hybridization has gotten a bad name by environmentalists but I honestly believe that the only viable way to feed a growing world population is to move forward. Organic food is a convenience enjoyed by people in rich nations, the rest of the world cannot afford to be so choosey. I've been eating G-mod food for years and I'm as healthy as anybody...sans maybe an athletic trainer or something but my point stands.

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