What are the strengths and weaknesses of the organic and conventional systems of
farming? They both have strengths in which when compared, each is beneficial but depend on
the setting. That is when comparing the region each is applied and the crops in each set. For
instance, profits realized on the two systems of farming are dependent on the type of crop being
planted and the region. For instance, conventional farming regarding profit generation, it favors
commercial crops best; a suitable example is cotton. Comparatively, organic farming serves best
in dry areas example in Chitradurga (Patil et al. 2014). However, the strengths of both practices
make each a preferred means under specific conditions as outlined in this essay.
Firstly, despite organic farming being linked with lower yields, it delivers foods that are
more nutritious and with no traces of pesticides compared to the conventionally produced foods.
Organic foods are health friendly. Particularly, since there are no traces of pesticides, one is at a
greater advantage of not developing health complications, example cancer (Tuck et al. 2013).
Research has proven that organic farming maintains the carbon levels of the soil while
maintaining the quality as well as preventing soil erosion when compared to the conventional
system of farming. This means that organic farming is environmentally friendly
Comparatively, conventional planning has higher yields than organic farming. According
to data, yields of the conventional system are 20% more than organic farming yields (Reganold,
and Wachter, 2016). This shows that conventional farming is stronger in terms of profit.
Conclusively, both conventional and organic farming are sustainable under different
settings; in comparison based on regions as well as the type of crop being planted. Collectively,
each system has own strengths outweighing the other in varying settings. This essay has
majored in offering various strengths in the two systems of farming.
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Land-use intensity and the effects of organic farming on biodiversity: