Not only are organically grown apples better for the environment than conventionally grown apples, but they also taste yummier and can lead to more profits for farmers, according to a study published today in the journal Nature. The six-year study by researchers at Washington State University is one of the first to give scientific backing to the claim that organic farming is superior to conventional farming. It found that an organic orchard would break even on operating costs after nine years, compared to 15 years for a conventional farm.