Study Shows Organic Farming Reduces Nitrogen Pollution

The Organic Center released new research completed in collaboration with the University of Virginia showing that organic farming can help reduce nitrogen pollution on a global scale. The study found that organic farming helps prevent nitrogen pollution by recycling three times more reactive nitrogen than conventional farming. 
 
The study shows that 93 percent of all nitrogen used to produce conventional food was newly-created reactive nitrogen. In organic foods, only 33 percent of the nitrogen used to produce foods was new reactive nitrogen. The rest of the nitrogen used is recycled. The research shows that organic recycles far more nitrogen than conventional and releases 64 percent less new nitrogen to the environment than conventional production.
 
Organic production therefore can help to contribute climate change solutions. All agriculture uses reactive nitrogen to grow crops, but much of it is lost to the environment during production. Reactive nitrogen in excess contributes to climate change and damages the environment. It forms smog and contributes to acid rain. Nitrogen runoff pollutes water and can promote toxic algal blooms. 
 
For more information regarding the study, contact The Organic Center.

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