MYTH 1: LARGE-SCALE AGRICULTURE FEEDS THE WORLD TODAY
According to a recent U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report, family farms produce over three-quarters of the world’s food.
MYTH 2: LARGE FARMS ARE MORE EFFICIENT
Many high-volume industrial processes exhibit efficiencies at large scale that decrease inputs per unit of production. The more widgets you make, the more efficiently you can make each one. But agriculture is different. A 1989 a National Research Council study concluded that “well-managed alternative farming systems nearly always use fewer synthetic chemical pesticides, fertilizers, and antibiotics per unit of production than conventional farms.”
MYTH 3: CONVENTIONAL FARMING IS NECESSARY TO FEED THE WORLD
Comparing crop yields on conventional farms to those on organic farms, where cover crops were planted and crops were rotated to build soil health. the yield gap was below 10 percent.