In 2016, the Rodale Institute initiated the Vegetable Systems Trial (VST), a long-term side-by-side comparison of biologically-based organic and chemically-based conventional vegetable production systems. The goal for this project is to develop economically viable vegetable production systems which improve soil, plant, human and planetary health through the application of regenerative organic management techniques. The duration of this project is expected to go well beyond 20 years with the intention of monitoring soil health, vegetable nutritional quality, environmental impact, agroecosystem resilience, and the economics of vegetable production over time while assessing how management practices directly or indirectly affect human health.
Stay tuned for updates as crops will be planted the first time in this trial in 2017.
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