Published: October 6, 2020

Category: Organic News, The Organic & Non-GMO Report Newsletter

The threat that climate change poses to our world, our ecosystem, and our health demands bold policy solutions, and, as the devastating impacts of a warming Earth mount, the push for the development of robust and comprehensive federal climate policy is gaining traction. Organic agriculture can be a part of the solution and help tackle climate change through its ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, store away huge amounts of carbon, and enable farmers to be resilient in an evolving climate.

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) recently released a major report on organic and its ability to mitigate climate change, identifying policy opportunities to elevate the role of organic in the climate change discussion, support organic farmers and encourage transition to organic farming.

Reflecting close dialogue with organic stakeholders and the association’s membership, the white paper, “Advancing Organic to Mitigate Climate Change,” incorporates the key principles identified by the OTA’s Board of Directors to achieve meaningful climate policy solutions. A few of these 10 solutions include advancing organic agriculture, promoting soil health and carbon sequestration, lowering the use of fossil fuel-based chemicals, incentivizing farmers and businesses, and fostering agricultural diversity and innovation.

“While the nation’s conventional agricultural sector’s emissions and practices contribute to our worsening climate, there is a time-tested climate solution that regenerates our soils, nourishes our communities, and safeguards our environment from harmful synthetic chemicals: organic agriculture,” says Avi Garbow, OTA Board member and environmental advocate for Patagonia Works.

Source: Organic Trade Association

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