Saving the earth one organic acre at a time
Fortunately the future of agriculture in this country is not entirely bleak. Findings from The Rodale Institute’s 23-year Farming Systems Trial® (FST) demonstrate that organic farming can reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by 37-50%, making it one of the most powerful tools in the fight against global warming.
Rodale’s New Farm Research Manager, Paul Hepperly, reports that an acre of soil farmed organically can remove about 3,500 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air each year. Multiply that by the 160 million acres of corn and soybeans grown nationally and 580 billion pounds of excess carbon dioxide could be removed from the atmosphere if those crops were grown organically.
Nature without human interference has regulated atmospheric carbon levels for centuries by holding carbon as organic matter in the soil. Organic and other sustainable agricultural systems that mimic natural processes as much as possible can aid in our efforts to curb global warming and at the same time ensure a secure food supply for the future.
To read more information about the connection between farming and global warming, see The Rodale Institute’s New Farm magazine at www.newfarm.org.