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02 Nov 2007 03:11:37

Organic farming is the way forward



Organic farming has an important part to play in the government''s bid to tackle sustainability and climate change.

That is according to Dr Nic Lampkin, director of Organic Centre Wales, who has asserted that methods used by farmers need to be adapted to help fight global warming and so that the resources they use are available in the future.

In addition, he said that while organic farming is often considered to be sustainable this is often not the case and noted that many governments which support this method of agriculture do not recognise "the relevance of organic farming".

However, he made the point of highlighting the fact that many organic farmers use less fossil energy than conventional methods, which is clearly beneficial for the environment, the Farmers Guardian reports.

Dr Lampkin said: "Many forms of sustainable agriculture are promoted by governments and large corporations that do not even recognise the relevance of organic farming.

"But organic farming, by using less fossil energy and building soil organic carbon levels, can make a direct contribution to mitigating climate change. Overall, organic farming uses less fossil energy on a per hectare and a per unit of food produced basis than intensive, conventional farming systems."

In related news, a recent study by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (Wrap) has found that UK households collectively throw away 6.7 million tonnes of wasted food every year.

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