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ECO Church - Potential help to reduce carbon emissions.

ECO Church - Potential help to reduce carbon emissions.

UK Agriculture may be able to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions through organic farming.

Nutritionally, it has been shown that organic crops - vegetables, fruit. pulses and cereals - are up to 60% higher in different antioxidants than non-organic crops. Having an organic seal allows us to know that every stage of production has been carefully inspected to ensure that it meets the best standards.

Food products labelled as organic must meet standards that define what farmers can and cannot do. All organic farms and food companies are inspected at least once a year.

Organic farming is a modern system, using no fossil fuel-based fertilizers. Farmers instead develop naturally healthy soil, which helps control pests, weeds and disease. It is good for nature too - organic farms are more likely to attract wildlife and provide homes for bees, butterflies and birds.

Organically managed soils are more resistant to droughts and floods, so in turn are more resilient than other farming methods to the impacts of climate change, which is helpful for farmers.

Organic farming stores higher levels of carbon in the soil than other farming methods so it appears that organic farming is the best practical model for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture. If organic farming were to be common practice in the UK, it is estimated that 20% of agriculture's greenhouse gas emissions could be saved.

Research from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation reveals that if we could reduce food waste together with eating a diet with less meat and dairy consumption, organic farming should be able to feed the world without requiring any more land.


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