06 Aug '11, 7pm

Organic Farming Systems Yield Energy Savings of 20% or More

The farm energy savings for organic are often 20 per cent or more. "We concluded that the evidence strongly favors organic farming with respect to whole-farm energy use and energy efficiency both on a per hectare and per farm product basis," states the study. Possible exceptions are the poultry, hog and fruit sectors. The findings validate the opinions of many organic farmers, says Derek Lynch of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (NSAC) in Truro, lead author of the "The Carbon and Global Warming Potential Impacts of Organic Farming: Does It Have a Significant Role in an Energy Constrained World?" study, published in Sustainability. "Many organic farmers are convinced their farming system is just as important as the product in terms of promotion of organic," said Lynch in a phone interview. "And this is just another bit of evidence that our environmentally conscientious ...

Full article: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_23744.cfm

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