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Can Organic Farming Counteract Carbon Emissions?

Can Organic Farming Counteract Carbon Emissions?

The white paper by the Rodale Institute, a nonprofit that advocates for the use of organic practices, says that using “regenerative organic agriculture,” such as low or no-tillage, cover crops and crop rotation, will keep photosynthesized carbon dioxide in the soil instead of returning it to the atmosphere.

Citing 75 studies from peer-reviewed journals, including its own 33-year Farm Systems Trial, Rodale Institute concluded that if all cropland were converted to the regenerative model, it would sequester 40% of annual CO2 emissions, and changing global pastures to that model would add another 71%, effectively overcompensating for the world’s yearly carbon dioxide emissions.

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