Production of Agave Organic vs conventional Soil fertility Organic Improves thanks to the contribution of organic matter. Conventional Erodes the soil and pollutes. Structure and texture of soil Organic Allows better handling and increased moisture reserves. Conventional Cultivation is more difficult and wear is accelerated. Water retention in the soil Organic Water is absorbed and retained for a longer period of time. Conventional Retains less water and there is greater risk of pH change. Soil permeability Organic Promotes drainage and multiplies aerobic microorganisms. Conventional Compacts it and does not allow the development of natural life. Soil erosion by water and wind Organic Not only does it decrease, it enriches the land. Conventional Accelerates the loss of soil due to chemical abuse. Plant and animal waste reuse Organic Plant and animal waste are used to return nutrients to soil. Conventional Waste is not utilized. Solar radiation absorption Organic It is greater, and facilitates nutrients absorption. Conventional Soil calcification reflects sun rays. Weed, pest, and disease combat Organic It is controlled by stimulating balanced predator/host relation. Conventional Allows a greater proliferation of pathogens. Contamination of soil, water, and air Organic It prevents contamination of soil, water and air. Conventional Increases pollution significantly. Size, color, maturing time and quality of the plant Organic Increases size, improves color, and decreases time for harvest. Conventional Leads to accumulation of chemical residue in plants. Conservation of integrity and essential characteristics of the agave Organic Maximum conservation of organic integrity. Conventional Organic integrity is not taken into account. Packing Organic Biodegradable, recyclable or recycled. Conventional Applys to recyclable only. Adherence to international standards Organic Adherence to international standards that help protect consumer health. Conventional Adherence to international standards does not apply. Sustainable production Organic It remains at a maximum level. Conventional It remains at a minimum level.