Economics and energetics of organic and conventional farming
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- Pimentel, D. J Agric Environ Ethics (1993) 6: 53. doi:10.1007/BF01965614
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The use of organic farming technologies has certain advantages in some situations and for certain crops such as maize; however, with other crops such as vegetables and fruits, yields under organic production may be substantially reduced compared with conventional production. In most cases, the use of organic technologies requires higher labor inputs than conventional technologies. Some major advantages of organic production are the conservation of soil and water resources and the effective recycling of livestock wastes when they are available.