1. What is the main organic agriculture practice that helps to sequester carbon, thereby reducing climate change?
Organic farming can help by sequestering carbon from the atmosphere and putting it back into the soil where it belongs. Studies show that organic farming practices not only promote healthy soils, they sequester significantly more carbon than conventional farming.
By using practices such as, cover crops, crop rotation and conservation tillage, organic agriculture drastically increases soil biodiversity and health allowing it to store much higher levels of carbon. These practices can increase the amount of carbon stored in the soil by nine percent in just two years and 21 percent in six years.
A new white paper from the Rodale Institute estimates that if all crop and pastureland across the world was converted to regenerative organic agriculture it could sequester over 100 percent of our annual carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, virtually zeroing out the world’s yearly CO2 emissions.