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Soil carbon

A report from the Soil Association suggests that widespread adoption of organic farming practices in the UK would offset 23% of UK agricultural emissions through soil carbon sequestration alone. A worldwide switch to organic farming could offset 11% of all global greenhouse gas emissions. Raising soil carbon levels would also protect soils from droughts and floods, leading to greater food security. On average organic farming produces 28% higher levels of soil carbon than non-organic farming in Northern Europe. In the UK, grasslands and mixed farming systems also have a vital role to play, and soil carbon may offset much of the methane emissions from grass-fed cattle and sheep. read more   

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