New York, NY (PRWEB) September 28, 2013
Impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, Philippe van den Bossche, affirms research data on the soil building benefits of organic farming practices.
According to a September 10, 2013 article published by AgriNews, titled, “Study Shows Soil Building Benefits of Organic Farming,” Iowa State University conducted a study finding that farmers switching from conventional to organic farming practices can yield the same or higher returns while also improving soil quality.
Cynthia Cambardella, with the USDA-ARS National Lab for Ag and the Environment in Ames, elaborates on the importance of keeping soil healthy. “Organic soils are showing enhanced soil function, greater nutrient use efficiency, more labile nitrogen and higher carbon sequestration. Organic soils are more efficient at supplying nitrogen to growing crops than conventional soils that have conventional fertilizers applied.”
In the study, conducted on the Neely-Kinyon Research Farm, researchers examined four different crop rotations treated with organic and conventional farming practices. The rotation treated conventionally received synthetic nitrogen, herbicides and insecticides. The organically treated rotation received chicken manure. While both rotations did yield the same returns, the minerals in the conventional soil were completely depleted.
Philippe van den Bossche, impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, says this study is evidence that organic farming practices can have a positive effect on the environment. “According to this study, it is clear that pesticides and herbicides used in conventional farming may ruin the quality of soil,” he says. “If these conventional practices are continued, under certain conditions, plants may be unable to find all of the the necessary nutrients needed to flourish and grow. Organically-farmed soils can be richer in minerals and other nutrients.
Philippe van den Bossche is an impact entrepreneur and investor and Chairman/ Owner of Advancing Eco Agriculture (AEA), a leading organic agricultural and horticultural consulting and manufacturing company located in Middlefield, Ohio. AEA provides consulting services and specialty nutritional products to farms throughout the United States and Canada. Mr. van den Bossche is an advocate for organic farming and agriculture.