12/15/2009 HIGH SEQUESTRATION LOW EMISSION FOOD SECURE FARMING
offers a significant solution to climate change and food security
With up to 32% of all annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
coming from agriculture, it cannot continue as business-as-usual. A completely
new strategy is needed, based on the eco-intensification of agriculture,
including the optimization of carbon sequestration.
Organic Agriculture has the potential to mitigate through
the sequestration of CO2 in the soil between 5% and 32% of all
annual global GHG emissions. Eco-based systems integrate, protect and enhance
biodiversity, reduce risk, decrease environmental impacts, raise income and
knowledge and build communities. That's exactly what organic farming is about.
A transition to high
carbon organic farming means a transition to fertile biological
soils and the removal of CO2 from the atmosphere.
90% of the world's farms are less than 2 hectares in size1
and form the backbone of
local food security throughout the developing world.
Without affordable, productive and resilient farming systems
focused on the needs of
local communities, the number of hungry people will rise well above the current
one billion as climate change accelerates. The UNEP Executive Director and the
UNCTAD Secretary General stated that Organic Agriculture can be more conducive
to food security than most conventional systems and is more likely to be
sustainable in the long-term. The study showed that when Organic Agricultural
systems are applied, yields rise on average by over 100%2.
A transition to
organic farming means a transition to resilient farms and to resilient
We demand the inclusion of Organic Agriculture in
international climate change
agreements that support the world's 400 million smallholders to secure their
own food and their own futures through the use of sustainable organic farming
1 World Food Program: 1.02 Billion People Hungry. News Release, June 19th 2009. 2 UNEP-UNCTAD Capacity-building Task Force on Trade, Environment and Development 2008: Organic Agriculture and Food Security in Africa. United Nations: Geneva and New York.
Contact: Robert Jordan in Copenhagen on +49 176 5251 3425
Contact: Markus Arbenz in IFOAM Head Office on +49 160 8041 557