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I've cleaned up the style of this article quite a bit. A lot of this was consolidating redundancies left over from the merging, including some minor changes to the organizational structure. I directly linked the citations I could find. Some of them are not available and should be replaced. Some of the passages were plagiarized. I turned these into direct quotations when possible, but some may remain undiscovered at this point.

The bigger issue currently is the relevance of the content and citations. All of the sourcable citations are over a decade old. Therefore the claim in the article that studies have been inconclusive may be outdated. The article is also geared more toward consumer perceptions about conventional ag. That's fine as far as it goes, but only one specific aspect of what the aritcle purports to be about. --Ethan (talk) 11:55, 12 May 2015 (PDT)

Now that I've got institutional access again, I grabbed a bunch of articles. I'm out of my depth on some of them, but I should be able to flesh this article out considerably. Today I overhauled the conventional vs. organic section. --Ethan (talk) 00:28, 25 February 2016 (PST)
The quality of this article is steadily improving. Researching the topic is kind of a minefield. Most easily available media clearly have one or another axe to grind. I think we can make this article and many other related topics a space for open inquiry, unlike the many other websites that just exist to confirm people's various biases. On a somewhat related note, I discovered why Wikipedia doesn't have a "conventional farming" article. It appears the preferred term there is "intensive farming". This is unfortunate, as it is conflating (at least) two distinct concepts. There are many intensive farming systems that do not include things like heavy machinery, synthetic fertilizers, etc. Indeed, reviewing the use of "intensive farming" and "intensive agriculture" in the scholarly literature gives a bunch of results for articles on pre-modern Meso-American and African agriculture. I intend to do some research on the use of this term and post something to clarify how this term is used. --Ethan (talk) 23:05, 25 February 2016 (PST)