02 Dec '11, 6pm

Organic Grain Production Results in Reduced Greenhouse Gas Emissions

For related articles and more information, please visit OCA's All About Organics page and our Organic Transitions page . Washington, D.C. - Ongoing research at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Sustainable Agricultural Systems Lab (SASL) finds that organic grain production reduces greenhouse gas emissions relative to chemical-intensive no-till and chisel-plow production systems. In fact, the research concludes that the organic system removes more greenhouse gases from the atmosphere than it contributes, while the other systems result in net increases. The results are based on data from comparable three-year crop rotations maintained for each production system at the Lab's farm in Beltsville, MD under the direction of Michel Cavigelli, PhD. The rotations mirror typical commercial grain production operations in the mid-Atlantic region that begin with corn followed ...

Full article: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_24422.cfm

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