Let’s say you’re a farmer in the Midwest, growing conventional corn and soybeans. Times are tough right now. Prices are in the toilet.
If only you were selling organic soybeans and corn. They’re worth almost twice as much, per bushel, as your conventional crops.
So why not grow organic crops instead? There’s a catch. You’d have to follow the organic rules, renouncing synthetic pesticides and fertilizer, for three entire years before any of your crops could be sold as organic. For those three “transition” years, you’d have the worst of all worlds: Low organic yields and low conventional prices.
Read on at The Salt.