Can organic farming feed the world?

Can organic farming produce enough yields to feed the world? While there is a widely held belief that organic farming is beneficial to both the consumer and the environment in general, turning organic farming into a more plausible and accessible reality is not considered possible. How can one produce enough to feed the world on a regular basis without using synthetic materials? It has been reported that an piece of farmland, of about 2 acres can produce upto 20 tons of produce per year, enough to feed 50 families! But such anecdotes need to be supported by concrete studies.

Luckily, there have been studies conducted for a better estimate on the situation which have resulted in a favorable hypothesis. According to the estimates, organic farming is in fact capable of sustaining the current population of the world. The argument against the lack of organically acceptable fertilizers has been addressed by the primary farming technique of using leguminous plants. Plants such as that of beans when used as a cover crop in the farmland, work as the agents to fix enough nitrogen, acting as a replacement to synthetic fertilizers.

A number of suggestions have been made to make this a potential idea a successful one. The prudent management of soil nutrients, pest control, water harvesting in dry land, livestock integration in the farming are some of the ways to build a sustainable system of farming. In addition to ensuring a healthy environment and wholesome produce, these practices promise a larger yield.


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