Thursday, February 19, 2009

Organic Farming Would Significantly Cut Greenhouse Emissions

According to a report by Dalhousie University in Canada, "large scale environmental benefits can be achieved by a wholesale conversion of Canadian corn, wheat, soy and canola production to organic farming methods.

“We estimate that such a conversion would result in a 4.8 million tonne reduction in total green house gas emissions annually,” said Nathan Pelletier, lead researcher and Ph.D. student in the Faculty’s School for Resource and Environmental Studies, who added that “such a potential reduction is incredibly important given the enormous toll that climate change is likely to have on human societies and ecosystems.”

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