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There are climate solutions in our soil
by Tracy Misiewicz in Opinion

National Observer    Translate This Article
9 February 2018

On 9 February 2018 National Observer reported: If you're looking for a way to combat climate change, look no further than your kitchen table. Our food system accounts for approximately 20 to 30 per cent of human-made greenhouse gasses emitted globally, and most of those emissions are directly tied to agriculture. ... Numerous studies have found that organic farming methods reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency in agriculture. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of environment, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

Organics beat out conventional agriculture with lower emissions and a smaller energy footprint. That's largely due to the energy and fossil fuels needed to create the synthetic nitrogen fertilizer today's conventional agriculture relies on so heavily. A recent study published in by the US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health found that the use of synthetic fertilizers to grow wheat accounted for almost half of the global warming potential associated with creating a loaf of bread.

A decade ago, another study had already concluded that if Canada were to transition all of its canola, corn, soy and wheat crops from conventional to organic, crop production would: consume 60 per cent less energy on average; generate 25 per cent fewer global warming emissions; and release 80 per cent fewer ozone depleting emissions. Alberta -- home to one-third of Canada's agricultural land -- could put a big dent in its carbon footprint by transitioning to organic agriculture. ...

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