Can we feed the world with one type of farming?

We need conventional, organic and all other types of farms to meet consumer needs. Organic farming can continue to develop sustainable practices that can be adopted more widely. At the same time, conventional practices are necessary to improve productivity to feed everyone.

A 2012 Nature article stated: “Crop yields from organic farming are as much as 34 percent lower than those from comparable conventional farming practices”. According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, we must increase food production by 70 percent by 2050 to feed an estimated nine billion people.

USFRA Point of View

In order for agriculture to provide healthy choices for all Americans, as well as people around the world, we need all types of farms and ranches – big and small, organic and conventional, rural and urban. Only when farmers and ranchers collectively respond to the marketplace, sharing best... Read more