Organic Agriculture contributes to a low carbon economy

Recognizing that climate change is becoming the defining issue of our era, this article provides us with some options of how organic farming can be used in countering climate change….

The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) offers with great consciousness Organic Agriculture as a tool in countering climate change. Organic Agriculture not only mitigates climate change, it also helps farmers to adapt to it.

As no chemical nitrogen fertilizers are used and since nutrient losses are minimized, organic practices reduce greenhouse gases. By building organic matter carbon is stored in soil and plant biomass. Moreover organic farmers minimize energy consumption by 30 – 70% per unit of land as compared to conventional industrial agriculture by using internal farm inputs. Its impact on mitigating climate change is therefore considerable.

Poor farmers in marginalized areas, living already under harsh conditions are affected most by climate change. However, organic practices help them to adapt, since it prevents nutrients and water loss through high organic matter content and soil covers.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by okosodo francis on September 22, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    climate change is already affecting the poor farmers in the rural areas on my country.organic agricultureis highly practiced in nigeria.i think organisation responsible for organic agriculture in should create awarness.

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  2. Posted by okosodo francis on September 22, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    climate change is already affecting the poor farmers in the rural areas on my country.organic agricultureis highly practiced in nigeria.i think organisation responsible for organic agriculture in should create awarness.
    okosodo francis i am organic farmer in nigeria and also work with leventis foundation, school of agriculture, a the largest vocational school in nigeria.

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