Can We Balance Productivity, Profitability and Environmental Health?
Yes. This eight-year study on cropping system diversity of conventional maize/soybean rotations and more diversified alternatives found that productivity of diversified agricultural ecosystems, with reduced amounts of synthetic inputs, can match and sometimes exceed more simplified input-intensive agricultural systems. Grain yields, mass of harvested products, and profit were found to be equal or greater in the diversified agricultural systems, while freshwater toxicity was markedly lower.
Lexicon Scientist, loperm