There is a wide misconception among those who intend to do farming that the industrial agriculture system aided with its wide array of pesticides and genetically altered crop varieties yield more and benefit more in terms of profit. There is also this belief that organic farming is not as profit making as industrial farming. However, it can’t be more wrong. Organic farming gives the farmer an opportunity to get more profit, yield and puts the energy spent on farming to efficient use.
The Rodale Institute conducted a study by comparing organic farming with industrial farming over a period of 30 years and found that the organic farming performed much better in terms of yield, profits, energy usage and greenhouse gases.
The profit is where the mathematics of economics tricks you into believing the untruth. The industrial farming brigade will keep projecting the huge profits they have landed in terms of revenue generated, comfortable hiding the input costs they had to invest for pesticides, fertilizers, oil and so on and so forth. Organic farming on the other hand requires you to spend a very minimal input in terms of fertilizers and pesticides and thus the profit you gain at the end of the day is much higher.
Yield is another area where the industrial farming people try and give exorbitant rates of success. But the 30 year Rodale study concludes that the organic farming even though it makes a slow progress initially, its yield became equivalent to that of industrial farming after a three year conversion period. It also suggests that over a period of time farmers were found to have increased agricultural productivity by conserving the resources and doing organic farming.
The industrial farming has an increased level of energy requirement as a lot of oil is used in transporting and applying the fertilizers and pesticides. On the other hand, the organic system of farming consumes about 45 percent less energy with a higher production efficiency of about 28 percent than industrial farming.