A comparison of conventional and organic agriculture -Reply
Bob MacGregor (RDMACGREGOR@gov.pe.ca)
Wed, 22 Apr 1998 14:14:46 -0400
Wouldn't it be great if scientists could talk in plain language?
For all those words, they seem to be saying that organic production
systems result in less than half the carbon dioxide emissions to the
atmosphere per hectare as conventional, chemical-intensive, production
systems. It would also be relevant to see the CO2 emission per unit of
production (eg, tonne or bushel), since many conventional producers
claim to achieve somewhat higher yields than organic producers of
the same crops.
Assuming the authors captured all the emission factors inherent in the
two systems, this seems to me to be a highly-significant difference. It
certainly could be used to bolster the case for carbon-credits for those
adopting/using organic methods (perhaps paid for by carbon taxation on
the others and/or on industry and motor fuels??).
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