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Re: Lawn Fertilizers and Milorganite

In a message dated 09/26/2000 5:04:02 PM Central Daylight Time, 
doublemom@ivillage.com writes:

<< Paul - can you give more information on this study... specifically, where 
can I get a copy of it to read?  I've been gardening organically in my 
back-yard garden for years, and I have a hard time believing that it's more 
destructive than loading my soil up with synthetic chemicals, herbicides and 
 Andi >>

I do not have a copy-it was in our paper- I would not worry about your 
organic back yard garden.

Minimal use is always best around the yard and I would encourage you keep up 
with your organic way of life if that is what you enjoy doing you are doing 
the environment much good as apposed to a lawn of just grass or concrete 

The article dealt with organic farming on a production scale.

One factor that I think is sometimes over looked is that one has to look at 
yields verse resources needed to produce those yields.

Since organic farms have yields 3-20 times less than the chemical intensive 
farms, we are looking at out put per bushel instead of out per square mile of 

I would never try to implicate organic growing as destructive-just that 
things are never as cut and dry as people want to make them. 

The highest yields of food per parcel of land with the least amount of 
environmental degradation is high intensity chemical fertilizer monoculture 
row crops.

Of course this type of farming will not work in all parts of the world, and 
sustainable forms of farming are much needed in many parts of the world if 
they are to produce their own food.

At this time in world history there is a world wide over production of food 
and I would also say an over consumption of food in many parts of the 
developed countries.

In the last 50-100 years remarkable advances have been made in food 

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