Philippe van den Bossche, an Impact Investor and Advocate of Sustainable Agriculture, Affirms Organic Farming May Increase Crop Yields and Incomes

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Impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, Philippe van den Bossche, affirms evidence provided by a recent study that suggests organic farming could increase crop yields.

Impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, Philippe van den Bossche, discusses the results of a recent study that suggests organic farming practices could increase crop yields while causing less harm to the soil and environment.

According to an October 1, 2013 article published by SciDev.net, titled, “Switch to organic farming may boost yields and incomes,” a recent study published in the current issue of the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability found that switching to organic methods of farming could improve “smallholder crop yields, food security and income.”

In a time where energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, some researchers are starting to question whether or not certain conventional farming practices are sustainable. The use of chemical fertilizers has shown to produce pesticide residue, soil erosion and reduced biodiversity, all of which could provide potential hazardous risks to the global environment.

The study looked at 31 different case studies of South American and African farms that switched to sustainable farming methods. In those that reported back, “yields increased in 19 of the 25 cases, food security improved in 7 of 8 cases and income went up in 19 of 23 cases.”

Philippe van den Bossche, an impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, says, “This new study shows that organic farming practices may have the ability to produce similar - if not higher - yields of those produced by conventional farming while having a less harmful effect on the soil and surrounding environment.”

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.
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