Authored by Richard Harwood2


The purpose of this chapter is twofold. I will summarize a few of the difficulties of researching organic agriculture and will explain how we have approached its study. A few of the hypotheses under which investigation at the Rodale Research Center are conducted will be presented. Secondly, I will provide brief summaries of our more significant results, recognizing that in the limited space available complete scientific proof will not be possible. Our research of organic agriculture philosophies does not cover the entire spectrum of biological agriculture but is focused on a middle ground representing transition from chemical-intensive to a purely organic or regenerative agriculture goal. Those aspects of our research which involve home food production for family use will be mentioned.

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