Study: Organic farming worse for environment

Dec 17, 2018, 7:58 AM EST
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Organic food production is far more land intensive than conventional agriculture and hence requires larger areas to be stripped of their tree cover, indirectly resulting in higher carbon dioxide emissions and contribution to global warming.

As part of a new international study, researchers tracked the carbon footprint of organic peas and found that the losses due to inefficient yields are offset by greater land-use, which involves higher deforestation, eventually having 50 percent bigger climate impact, reports New Atlas.

The study by researchers from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden draws attention to an oversight that has often been a part of comparisons between organic produce and conventionally grown food, writes Mail Online. The climate impact of organic farming is effectively multiple times higher than that of greenhouse gases but hasn’t been accounted for by environmental studies.