Organic Farming and Carbon- Startling Correlations

Organic Farming and Carbon- Startling Correlations

I throw around the word organic so much when advocating for ethical streetwear that I thought it was important to reconnect with what that means. So I started reading, and luckily there are a lot of ardent and articulate researchers, writers, activists, government officials as well as business innovators and artists, to help educate us. So, I'm going to share tidbits, since sound bites (arguably now bytes is the more relevant spelling) dominate communication along with images. But if you really want to open your eyes and expose your intellect to the horrors inflicted on our environment, learn how and why organic plant based fabrics and foods (cotton is both) differ from their conventional counterparts. It's literally a matter of life or death for farmers, and our biosphere itself. Here is today's organic nugget. Don't choke.

"So just how much CO2 can organic farming take out of the air each year? According to data from the Rodale Institute Farming Systems Trial (FST) :

If only 10,000 medium sized farms in the US converted to organic production, they would store so much carbon in the soil it would be equivalent to taking 1,174,400 cars off the road.

If we converted the U.S.’s 160 million acres of corn and soybeans to organic, we could sequester enough carbon to satisfy 73% of the Koyoto targets for CO2 reduction in the U.S.

Converting U.S. agriculture to organic would actually wipe out the 1.5 trillion pounds of CO2 emitted annually and give us a net increase in soil carbon of 734 billion pounds."

And a Vegan side note, we wouldn't need all that corn if we didn't have to feed and fatten all those cows!


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