Speaking to The Guardian this week, Lord Krebs, an advisor to ministers on how to adapt to climate change, described how organic farming could actually be worse for the climate than conventional farming methods, due to the greater land use required and the methods implemented.
Speaking to the Oxford Farming Conference he suggested that agricultural methods known as ‘no till’, which involves the use of genetically modified crops or biotechnology with herbicides to kill weeds that tilling normally prevents were better for the climate, as they reduce the turnover of soil. Turnover of soil is know to release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Some 10 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions are thought to come from agriculture and this figure is predicted to continue to rise as the world’s population grows and the middle classes continue to opt for more meat in their diets.
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