Which Creates More Greenhouse Gases: Conventional or Organic Farming?

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Unfortunately, the answer might surprise you. A recent study published in Agriculture and Human Values points to organic farming actually having higher greenhouse gas emissions than conventional farming.

But don’t write off organics just because of this piece of news.

The study highlights the fact that industrial organic farming has grown quickly to meet consumers’ demands for organic goods, and that there are other practices that need to be instituted on the farms in order to limit greenhouse gases.

There are still major benefits to organic farming, such as water safety and fewer pesticides that might end up on your dinner plate, but it’s a good reminder that there are a lot of factors that still need to be addressed.