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  1. Interesting article, Tom, and thanks for sharing! I wish we had had longer to talk about this topic – it gets really complex and convoluted as you get into the intricacies of the debate. Just to stir the pot a little, consider the following question:

    Does the excess water and fuel (and thus carbon dioxide, among other emissions) required to cultivate the larger, more sparsely populated organic field offset the deleterious effects of the excess nitrogens used in commercial fertilizers?

  2. You didn’t really discuss the bi-products of farming. Even though the food hasn’t been shown to be significantly different, the environmental impacts of the two methods certainly are. Personally, the water quality issues resulting from conventional fertilization is reason enough to buy from a farmer you (or your grocer) know(s). Meat is a whole different animal. Check this out:
    http://www.stanford.edu/dept/news/pr/2006/pr-organics-030806.html

    there is plenty of other literature out there, Silent Spring is a historical start. And organic farmer’s aren’t getting rich off of their work…the lobbying money is also in factory farming, so I’d be careful of propaganda on both sides. This is a vast, complex, hot-button, and great topic choice. I’m really no expert on this, but my wife would talk your ear off.

    Tom

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