Alternative systems aim to reduce inputs, maintain profits
Authors AffiliationsK. Klonsky is Extension Specialist is Staff Research Associate, Department of Agricultural Economics, UC Davis; P. Livingston is Staff Research Associate, Department of Agricultural Economics, UC Davis.
Hilgardia 48(5):34-42. DOI:10.3733/ca.v048n05p34. September 1994.
The economic component of the Sustainable Agriculture Farming Systems (SAFS) project at UC Davis compared the financial performance of low-input and organic farming systems to conventional systems. All of the systems have been profitable over the first 4 years of the project. However, nei- ther the organic nor lo w-input systems have been able to show equivalent profits to either of the conventional systems on a whole farm basis without organic price premiums.
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