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Organic farming could feed Africa

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  • carmen_cebs
    Organic farming in Africa wins over chemical methods A major study from the United Nations Environment Program reported that the use of organic practices in
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      Organic farming in Africa wins over chemical methods
      A major study from the United Nations Environment Program reported
      that the use of organic practices in Africa produces higher yields
      than farming with pesticides and fertilizers. The study of 114
      projects in 24 countries found that yields often more than doubled
      when organic or near-organic practices such as crop rotation and
      composting were used. Organic agriculture also brought benefits to
      families and communities: it encouraged the improvement of local
      infrastructure like roads, built social relations in the community,
      increased farmers' incomes, improved soil fertility, and increased
      the land's resistance to drought. Because organic agriculture relies
      on available resources rather than on expensive inputs like
      genetically engineered seed or pesticides, poor farmers can more
      readily implement organic methods than industrial agriculture
      methods, and they can retain more earnings. The study concluded that
      organic techniques are a practical way for African farmers to
      achieve the crop yields they need and generate food security for the
      growing population.
      http://www.ucsusa.org/food_and_agriculture/feed/feed-november-
      2008.html#4
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