There is growing realization that natural farming methods are an answer to the environmental and agricultural problems.
The National Academy of Science, Washington (USA) has found that farmers who apply few or no chemicals to crops are usually as productive as those who use pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.
The group has therefore recommended changing federal subsidy programs that encourage use of chemicals. In the federal programme, for instance, farmers are paid a subsidy of roughly $1 for every bushel they produce. The incentive is to produce more bushels, without disturbing environmental conditions.