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2018: Make a Difference by Making It Organic

Ten New Year’s Resolutions from The Organic Center

Washington, D.C., Dec. 29, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Groundbreaking studies in 2017 continued to prove the ability of organic agriculture to combat climate change, to feed the world sustainably, to protect the health of our children and ourselves, and much more. As is its annual tradition, The Organic Center has put together its list of top ten science-based New Year’s resolutions to help you make a difference in your world by making it organic.  

One: Fight the causes of climate change.

Organic soils play a big role in helping to mitigate climate change by locking away carbon – one of the main causes of global warming -- in long-term reserves. Results of a landmark study in 2017 prove that organic farms store more carbon in the soil, and keep it out of the atmosphere for substantially longer periods, than conventional farming methods. More.

Two: Protect the little guys.

It’s the little teeny things in our soils – the invisible-to-the-eye microorganisms -- that make a big difference. Studies from across the globe show that organic farming boosts a soil’s microbial diversity, and supports more of the beneficial microbes that fight off the disease-causing ones than do conventional farming practices. More.

Three: Feed the world sustainably.

Why are we throwing away food? Global conversion to organic agriculture, combined with reducing livestock feed from arable land, and making substantial cuts in food waste could help feed the world more sustainably in the future. More.

Four: Combat antibiotic resistance.

Antibiotic resistance is a pressing public health problem, as it can cause illnesses once easily treatable with antibiotics to morph into dangerous infections for both kids and adults. The more antibiotics used, the more bacteria become resistant to them. Organic agriculture combats antibiotic resistance through its prohibition of the use of antibiotics in organic livestock production and also through its ban of most herbicides.  More.

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