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The UK’s Soil Association has announced that if all British farmland was converted to organic farming, at least 3.2 million tonnes of carbon would be absorbed by the soil each year – the equivalent of pulling almost 1 million cars off the roads.

Research undertaken by the association (available for download here), further suggests that a worldwide switch to organic farming could offset 11% of all global greenhouse gases. Among the other findings: widespread adoption of organic farming methods in the UK would offset 23% of the country’s agricultural emissions through soil carbon sequestration alone – significantly better than the UK government’s current target of 6-11% by 2020.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says that 89% of agriculture’s global greenhouse gas mitigation potential is from carbon sequestration. In addition to helping to counter climate change, soil carbon also helps improve soil structure and quality, reducing the impact of climate-related problems such as flooding or drought. One of the main causes of low carbon levels in arable land is intensive, overly specialised farming.

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