Of course, most people would dismiss such talk without a second's thought.
Dan Anderson wrote:
> In response to Victoria's post (below),
> Mark David and Lowell Gentry are doing some fresh N work here in Illinois. They have one paper published and one in review. It might give you a place to start. The papers are:
> Nitrogen Balance in and Export from an Agricultural Watershed. Journal of Environmental Quality, vol26, no. 4, July-August 1997
> Historical Trends in Net Anthropogenic Inputs of N and P and Riverine Export in a Predominantly Agricultural U.S. State. Journal of Environmental Quality (in review).
> >In an article published in _Choices_ magazine (First Quarter 1997, p.
> >10-13), Mr. Avery brought up a point that I'd appreciate some research
> >direction on...it appeared to be a point that does need addressing instead
> >of dismissing.
> >He says that we do not have enough organic nitrogen to support organic
> >production. He suggests that the only way to get the necessary N is to
> >clear forests to plant more legumes.
> >Of course his suggestion is narrow-minded and he ignores a whole raft of
> >issues such as conservation of N and sensible usage, but the question of
> >N-sufficiency did give me pause. I especially had to stop to think because
> >most of the organic farmers I talk to *do* tend to import N in the form of
> >off-farm compost, off-farm manure, etc. Their goal is always not to have
> >to do so, but this goal seems difficult to achieve.
> >I'd welcome ideas, especially those that lead me to the library.
> Dan Anderson
> Agroecology/Sustainable Agriculture Program
> University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
> Dept. of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
> W-503 Turner Hall
> 1102 S. Goodwin
> Urbana, IL 61801 MC-047
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