Haughley Experiment

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The Haughley Experiment was the first[citation needed] scientific comparative study of organic farming and conventional chemical-based farming, started in 1939 by Lady Eve Balfour and Alice Debenham, on two adjoining farms in Haughley Green, Suffolk, England.

In the early 1980s, properties of the three sections were measured and showed differences in earthworm density, crop root depth, and soil properties including soil carbon, moisture and, surprisingly, temperature.[1]

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  1. ^ Blakemore RJ (2000). "Ecology of Earthworms under the 'Haughley Experiment' of Organic and Conventional Management Regimes". Biological Agriculture & Horticulture 18 (2): 141–159. doi:10.1080/01448765.2000.9754876. 

Further reading[edit]

  • "The Haughley Experiment". Nature 179 (4558): 514. 1957. 

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