The actual title of Quartz‘s post is “Organic farming is actually worse for climate change than conventional farming,” but I’m not yet convinced – what do you think disinfonauts?
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Organic food is booming right now, as more and more people choose what they perceive to be healthier, more environmentally friendly food.
But a new study published in the June issue of Agriculture and Human Values suggests that organic farming, as it currently stands, is not as sustainable as it could be, and when done on a large scale, even produces more greenhouse gases (“GHGs” are heat-trapping compounds that contribute to climate change) than its conventional counterpart.
To determine the difference in emissions of organic agriculture versus conventional, University of Oregon researcher Julius McGee used state-level data, available through the United States Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency, that showed agricultural GHG emissions from 49 states from 2000 to 2008.