Organic Farming: Fighting Climate Change

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By Sebastian
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Organic Farming: Fighting Climate Change

Organic Farming

The cotton in Naturepedic products is strictly organic, grown and processed to the exacting standards of the Global Organic Textile Standard. That means you get a mattress or bedding without the pesticides, toxic dyes, GMOs, formaldehyde and other chemicals associated with conventional cotton. That’s great for you, but did you know it might also be great for the climate?

In a white paper published by the Rodale Institute, research suggests that a global switch to organic farming methods could capture in excess of 100% of the amount of current annual CO2 emissions. Rodale calls it “regenerative organic agriculture,” and the secret is in the soil. What this means is that, in theory, a widespread switch to organic farming practices, by capturing more of the CO2 than is produced each year, could begin to draw down the excess greenhouse gasses associated with the climate change.

Regenerative organic agriculture uses organic practices such as composting, cover crops, residue mulching and crop rotation. By using these practices to build healthier soil that contain microorganisms killed off by conventional farming, soils can convert greenhouse gas carbon into crops.

When looking at organic farming for food or fiber, the discussion logically focuses on the benefit to the end consumer, but the benefits of organic farming extend much, much farther. By supporting organics, you also support agricultural worker health by reducing exposure to toxic pesticides, biodiversity including bee and butterfly health, and water conservation. Now there is one more important benefit: helping to reverse global climate change.

It’s a great thing when doing the best thing for your own health and the health of your family also benefits the health of the planet. That’s a ripple effect we can all be proud to be part of.

Read more about the Rodale study Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Climate Change: A Down-to-Earth Solution to Global Warming at the Rodale Institute website.

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Organic Farming: Fighting Climate Change

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