Hi all :)
I have just finished reading an online book "Chemicals, Humus, and The Soil" written by Donald P. Hopkins. This book is available through the agriculture library at http://www.soilandhealth.org .
It seems to me that Mr Hopkins makes a very strong case in favour of using the fertilisers that are not permissible under the "rules" of organic gardening. Although Mr Hopkins has discussed this matter in the context of commercial farming it seems to me that as home growers we are also looking for best yield for least cost (direct and labour) and that the arguments he presents are mostly just as valid for home growers as for commercial.
Mr Hopkins emphasises to a very great extent the need for large amounts of organic matter in the soil but is also convincing in his argument that the amounts of humus that are required to provide sufficient nutrients for the high density planting that both home and commercial growers favour is difficult for the home grower and expensive to the point of impossibility in the case of the commercial grower to obtain.
I wonder if anyone else has read this book and can comment on the validity of the arguments put forward by Mr Hopkins.
Also, are there any peer-reviewed studies regarding the "taste" of organic vs. non-organic produce (presumably these would be double blind trials) and the bio-availability of nutrients in organic vs. non-organic produce. Obviously, I would prefer at least abstracts to be available via the internet.