Reframing the Debate Surrounding the Yield Gap between Organic and Conventional Farming
AbstractIn this article, we review the literature regarding the yield gap between organic and conventional agriculture and then reflect on the corresponding debate on whether or not organic farming can feed the world. We analyze the current framework and highlight the need to reframe the yield gap debate away from “Can organic feed the world?” towards the more pragmatic question, “How can organic agriculture contribute to feeding the world?”. Furthermore, we challenge the benchmarks that are used in present yield comparison studies, as they are based on fundamentally distinct paradigms of the respective farming methods, and then come up with a novel model to better understand the nature of yield gaps and the benchmarks that they are premised on. We thus conclude that, by establishing appropriate benchmarks, re-prioritizing research needs, and focusing on transforming natural resources rather than inputs, organic systems can raise their yields and play an ever-greater role in global sustainable agriculture and food production in the future. View Full-Text
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Wilbois, K.-P.; Schmidt, J.E. Reframing the Debate Surrounding the Yield Gap between Organic and Conventional Farming. Agronomy 2019, 9, 82.
Wilbois K-P, Schmidt JE. Reframing the Debate Surrounding the Yield Gap between Organic and Conventional Farming. Agronomy. 2019; 9(2):82.Chicago/Turabian Style
Wilbois, Klaus-Peter; Schmidt, Jennifer E. 2019. "Reframing the Debate Surrounding the Yield Gap between Organic and Conventional Farming." Agronomy 9, no. 2: 82.
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