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Organic Farming Reduces Carbon Emissions

We already know that plantlife is good for the atmosphere.

Filling your home with flowers is a necessary step towards creating a healthy environment. Roughly 20% of the earth’s oxygen is generated by the Amazon Rainforest, although that’s unfortunately in decay, as years of logging, poor farming practices, and corporate neglect have begun irrevocably destroying one of the largest sources of the stuff we breathe each day.

So what’s our next bet for cleaning up the atmosphere? Well, it’s otherwise known as organic farming, and it might just be the solution. Although it’s not a sure shot by any stretch of the imagination, it’s a great foundation to build off of.

Organic agriculture is an excellent cleaner of carbon emissions, and is much more efficient than industrial agriculture. Organic farmers know more than most the importance of clean and abundant soil. This is why their approach to farming is so profoundly necessary to sustainability.

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Image source: www.oregonstate.edu

Compared to traditional farming methods, researchers have discovered that microbes in organically treated soil have a much higher diversity than that of traditional farming. This means that those same microbes have a better chance of sucking up carbon emissions.

The entire process is rather enigmatic to scientists. They wonder how different forms of farming influence the microbe’s behavior. It’s been difficult up until this point to monitor microbes and how they interact with one another in the wild. However, with new equipment and microscopes with power comparable to photo-imaging telescopes NASA sends into space, we can better view and understand how they function.

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Image source: www.biomassmagazine.com

It’s safe to say that organic farms are essentially giant sponges, soaking up carbon before it has time to do any damage. However, don’t expect farms across the world to switch to organic methods. It’s still much more expensive than the conventional approach, since farmers don’t rely on synthetics during the process.

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