Eat More Organic Foods - Climate Change Benefits (more). 

Eat more fresh, unprocessed and organic foods.  Organic foods are expensive produce but it is important to understand that non-organic, industrial agriculture is heavily subsidized.  We need to tilt our subsidies toward organics and away from industrial agriculture, for the health of the planet and for a healthier populace (1).  

Fertilizer application, methods of irrigation and tillage contribute to GHG emissions (particularly N2O).  Industrial farming practices use petroleum-based fertilizers, plowing, and little crop rotation that lead to large carbon footprints.  Organic does not use chemical fertilizers, mininimizes pesticides and uses low-till methods that have a lower carbon footprint.  Organic food systems use 30 - 50% less energy and the soil sequesters ~28% more carbon than conventionally-farmed soil.

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Eat More Organic Foods - Other Benefits:

Healthier Food with Fewer Pesticides

Supports Local Farmers & Creates More Jobs

Stimulates the Local Economy

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Ways to Eat More Organic Foods (1):

Shop at Farmer’s Markets

Subscribe to a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)

Shop Groceries that Feature Organic Food (eg. Puget Consumer Coop or PCC)

Garden (i.e. Container, Yard or Community)    

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Policy Advocacy for More Organic Food:

Educate a New Generation of Farmers

Provide Subsidies / Loans for Organic Agriculture Via the Farm Bill (1) 

Ban Pesticides That Are Killing Bees

Focus Agricultural Research on Sustainable, Diversified, Organic Farming Systems

Foster LIvestock Reintegration on to Farms, Not Confined Animal Feeding Systems (CAFOs) 


Eating For a Healthy Planet 2016