A new report released by Washington State University researchers has stated that feeding an ever-growing global population with goals of constant sustainability in mind is certainly conceivable.
The team behind the research conducted a review of hundreds of published studies delivering categorical evidence that organic farming can produce adequate harvests, protect and improve the environment, be profitable for farmers, and offer a safer alternative for farm workers.
The study, titled “Organic Agriculture in the 21st Century,” is featured as this month’s cover story issue of the journal Nature Plants and was authored by John Reganold, WSU regent’s professor of soil science and agroecology along with doctoral candidate Jonathan Wachter.
This study is the first of its kind to evaluate four decades of science, comparing organic and conventional agriculture across the four aims of sustainability recognised by the National Academy of Sciences: economics, environment, community wellbeing, and productivity.
“Hundreds of scientific studies now show that organic ag should play a role in feeding the world” said Reganold, lead author of the study. “Thirty years ago, there were just a couple of handfuls of studies comparing organic agriculture with conventional. In the last 15 years, these kinds of studies have skyrocketed.”
Many of our luxury glamping abodes are located on working farms and we fully support the development of organic methods in a broad range of sectors, so it’s wonderful to see that the benefits of going organic are now being championed.