NEW SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH SHOWS ORGANIC FARMING EXCELS AT LESSENING CLIMATE CHANGE AS WELL AS PRODUCING GOOD HEALTHY FOOD.
The new field study – soon to be released in the scientific journal ‘Advances in Agronomy’ – pulled together over a thousand soil samples from across America and looked at the effectiveness of organic soils to sequester carbon in the soil where it belongs and out of the air where is magnifies climate change. Jim
“A new groundbreaking study proves soils on organic farms store away appreciably larger amounts of carbons – and for longer periods — than typical agricultural soils. The important study, directed by Northeastern University in collaboration with The Organic Center, provides a new significant proof point that organic agricultural practices build healthy soils and can be part of the solution in the fight on global warming…
“Agriculture is one of the main causes of the depletion of carbon in the soil and the increased presence of carbon in our atmosphere, as evidenced by a recent study published by the National Academy of Sciences that estimated agriculture’s role in global soil carbon loss. Organic farming can play a key role in restoring soil carbon and in reducing the causes of climate change, and this study proves that.
“…Altogether, the study measured 659 organic soil samples from 39 states and 728 conventional soil samples from all 48 contiguous states. It found that ALL components of humic substances were higher in organic than in conventional soils…
“The research found that, on average, soils from organic farms had:
13 percent higher soil organic matter
150 percent more fulvic acid
44 percent more humic acid
26 percent greater potential for long-term carbon storage”