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Sorry—organic farming is actually worse for climate change

Organic farming can cut direct greenhouse-gas emissions, but it would also reduce yields. To compensate for that would require more land to produce the same amount of food. If half of that land was converted from grasslands, which store carbon in plant tissues, roots, and soil, it would boost overall greenhouse-gas emissions by 21%.
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Researchers are trying to develop organic farming inputs that can cut emissions without reducing yields and crops that take up more of the nitrogen in soil. BCCL
Researchers are trying to develop organic farming inputs that can cut emissions without reducing yields and crops that take up more of the nitrogen in soil.
By James Temple The practice cuts greenhouse-gas emissions only if you ignore the inconvenient fact that it requires a lot more land. Organic practices can reduce climate pollution produced directly from farming – which would be fantastic if they didn’t also require more land to produce the same amount of food. Clearing additional grasslands or forests to grow
the world to go hungry. Among other paths, a number of researchers and startups are trying to develop novel agricultural inputs that could cut emissions without reducing yields, crops that take up more of the nitrogen in soil, and various meat and milk alternatives. ( Copyright 2019 Technology Review, Inc.Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC)
By James Temple The practice cuts greenhouse-gas emissions only if you ignore the inconvenient fact that it requires a lot more land. Organic practices can reduce climate pollution produced directly from farming – which would be fantastic if they didn’t also require more land to produce the same amount of food. Clearing additional grasslands or forests to grow the world to go hungry. Among other paths, a number of researchers and startups are trying to develop novel agricultural inputs that could cut emissions without reducing yields, crops that take up more of the nitrogen in soil, and various meat and milk alternatives. ( Copyright 2019 Technology Review, Inc.Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC)

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