The Truth about Organic

The latest organic foods study focuses on nutrition—but that’s just a small part of the story.

By Leah Zerbe

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A new study on Organic Food may make you wonder if it's all worth it.Drought-Intolerant Crops

The facts: The worst drought to hit America in a half decade is decimating U.S. crops, particularly corn, causing a spike in food prices. Although chemically dependent GMO crops are advertised as being drought tolerant, researchers have found that adding chemicals to the soil actually makes it harder for plants to get through extended dry periods unscathed.

The organic advantage: Long-term experiments at the Rodale Institute, an organic research farm in Pennsylvania, found that, during normal weather, organic and conventional farming produce about the same amount of food. But when weather starts to act up, organic wins out, producing 30 percent more in years of drought. That's because organic soil is alive with beneficial bacteria, and the soil acts like a sponge to hold water in reserve during drought.

 

 
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