To Cut Nitrogen Pollution, Move Past the Synthetic-Organic Debate
There's No Silver Bullet Solution
Is organic farming key to cutting pollution from agriculture? Reducing farm pollution, especially from nitrogen runoff, is an important environmental goal. But expanding organic farming and its use of animal manure as fertilizer would undermine this goal. In fact, neither organic nor conventional farming practices provide a silver bullet for cutting agricultural pollution. Instead, environmentalists and sustainable agriculture advocates should find ways to reduce the environmental impacts from all types of nitrogen fertilizers, synthetic and organic alike.