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Environmental Benefits of Organic Agriculture: Energy and Climate Change
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 session will present scientific research examining the energy and climate change benefits of organic farming practices. It is the first in a four-part series exploring the environmental benefits of organic agriculture.
Erin Silva, Ph.D.
Organic and Sustainable Cropping Systems Specialist
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Organic Policy Advisor
US Department of Agriculture