Well, apparently, it can work for sugarcane.
On going organic, initially the yield of Balbo's fields fell.
"People said to me, 'You are going to ruin the family business,' " Balbo recalled.
But Balbo persuaded his partners and bosses to stick with the Green Cane Project, as the conversion was called, through the 1995-97 transition years. By 2000, Sao Francisco's yields had surpassed the best harvests achieved using conventional methods.