It turns out eating organic isn’t always that great for the planet, and may only have a marginal effect on your health.
A new study published in the journal Science Advances reports organic farms have the ecofriendly benefit of using fewer pesticides but they also use more land, which is harmful to the planet.
University of British Columbia analyzed organic crop farming across 17 criteria such as yield, impact on climate change, farmer livelihood and consumer health by looking at the existing scientific literature on its results.
They found the environmental benefits of organic farming can be offset by the lower yields of such crops (typically 19 to 25 percent lower than conventional farming).
While an organic farm may be better for things like biodiversity, farmers will need more land to grow the same amount of food.
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