“IT’S becoming clear that we can grow all the food we need, and profitably, with far fewer chemicals. And I’m not talking about imposing some utopian vision of small organic farms on the world. Conventional agriculture can shed much of its chemical use — if it wants to.” So says Mark Bittman of the New York Times. Read this short article about the trial that was done on 22 acres in Iowa. They used three different models .
“The longer rotations produced better yields of both corn and soy, reduced the need for nitrogen fertilizer and herbicides by up to 88 percent, reduced the amounts of toxins in groundwater 200-fold and didn’t reduce profits by a single cent.”
The major change that is needed is one of mindset. We don't need to use tons of chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides to produce tons of food.
It is quite possible to have a profitable organic farm. I have spoken with many of them from across the country. Yes, their neighbors think they are crazy. But as one of them told me, “I have invited my neighbors to come over any time and look at the bottom line.” He was farming without chemicals and doing it profitably. I don't remember his exact acreage, but it was well over 100 acres. It CAN be done.