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The Farming Systems Trial

Rodale Institute, September 2011


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Resource information:
Resource IDrodale2011
Resource titleThe Farming Systems Trial
Author/sourceRodale Institute
Date publishedSeptember 2011
Summary text/ abstractThe Farming Systems Trial (FST) at Rodale Institute is America's longest running, sideby-side comparison of organic and chemical agriculture. Started in 1981 to study what happens during the transition from chemical to organic agriculture, the FST surprised a food community that still scoffed at organic practices. After an initial decline in yields during the first few years of transition, the organic system soon rebounded to match or surpass the conventional system. Over time, FST became a comparison between the long term potential of the two systems.
Library categoriesFood & Agriculture, Land Rights
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