May 21, 2015 | Source: Oregon Tilth and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service | Format: Webinar

Environmental Benefits of Organic Agriculture: Energy and Climate Change

This webinar was presented in partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Through the use of leguminous cover crops, compost, and other organic-approved materials for fertility management, organic farms often decrease the greenhouse gas emissions associated with both in-field and embedded emission components. By prohibiting the use of synthetic fertilizer and pesticides, organic production avoids the CO2 emissions associated with the production of these inputs. Additionally, many of the practices associated with certified organic production, such as diverse crop rotations, use of cover crops, and applications of manure and compost enhance the accumulation of carbon in soil. This webinar recording presents scientific research examining the energy and climate change benefits of organic farming practices.


  • Erin Silva, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Organic and Sustainable Cropping Systems Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
  • Betsy Rakola, Organic Policy Advisor, US Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC

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