HEALTH & FITNESS NEWS: Organic Food Worse for the Climate?

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 16 December 2018


Industrial Agriculture vs Organic
Illustration by Yen Strandqvist of the Chalmers University of Technology showing how much more effective industrial agriculture is at producing food.
Illustration by Yen Strandqvist of the Chalmers University of Technology showing how much more effective industrial agriculture is at producing food.

Are the Lunatics Running the Asylum?

Short Answer: Yup!

Organic food worse for the climate,
Chalmers University of Technology, December 13, 2018.


"Organically farmed food has a bigger climate impact than conventionally farmed food, due to the greater areas of land required."

Massive CO2 Increases
“Our study shows that organic peas, farmed in Sweden, have around a 50 percent bigger climate impact than conventionally farmed peas. For some foodstuffs, there is an even bigger difference – for example, with organic Swedish winter wheat the difference is closer to 70 percent...”

“...why organic food is so much worse for the climate is that the yields per hectare are much lower, primarily because fertilisers are not used. To produce the same amount of organic food, you therefore need a much bigger area of land.”

“The greater land-use in organic farming leads indirectly to higher carbon dioxide emissions, thanks to deforestation.”

“ we farm in Sweden influences deforestation in the tropics. If we use more land for the same amount of food, we contribute indirectly to bigger deforestation elsewhere in the world.”

“Carbon Opportunity Cost”

"...used a new metric, which they call “Carbon Opportunity Cost”, to evaluate the effect of greater land-use contributing to higher carbon dioxide emissions from deforestation. This metric takes into account the amount of carbon that is stored in forests, and thus released as carbon dioxide as an effect of deforestation. The study is among the first in the world to make use of this metric.”

Imaginary, “Carbon Credits” lost?
I don’t know if I buy it…
“The fact that more land use leads to greater climate impact has not often been taken into account in earlier comparisons between organic and conventional food.”

Eating is Bad?
6 Billion are “Eating” (“consuming”) Everything
“The type of food is often much more important. For example, eating organic beans or organic chicken is much better for the climate than to eat conventionally produced beef,” he says. “Organic food does have several advantages compared with food produced by conventional methods,” he continues. “For example, it is better for farm animal welfare. But when it comes to the climate impact, our study shows that organic food is a much worse alternative, in general.”

Professional Liars?
We “Need” Industrialized Agriculture?
(Only with way too many people)
“The arguments for organic food focus on consumers’ health, animal welfare, and different aspects of environmental policy. There is good justification for these arguments, but at the same time, there is a lack of scientific evidence to show that organic food is in general healthier and more environmentally friendly than conventionally farmed food, according to the National Food Administration of Sweden and others. ”


Bottom Line

We need to get our population below its current level, down to the point where its very size and scale are no longer damaging & diminishing the webs of life and climate on this planet, as are ongoing today.

Or else, according to this research, we must dedicate ourselves to the, "efficiencies," of industrialism, so we can support even more than six billion, on a planet designed for a fraction of that?

This research seems misdirected, in that it tries to make an, "upalatable" situation, consisting of our curent overpopulation, "work," by using yet more of what helped get us into this situation in the first place

Our current, "configuration," of humans on this planet does not, "work," no matter how effecient we make organic or industrial agriculture...

Too many cooks already spoiled, and are continuing to spoil, this bowl of soup...

Having them cook up more industrial agriculture will just make the problem yet bigger, and that much worse.

Thus, the solution I see is not to abandon poison-free (organic) agriculture, (so we can grow yet larger?), but to curb the excesses of industrialism at their roots, beginning with not allowing industrialism to be used to grow and support the largest, most irresponsible populations possible, but only to support the best quality of life for industrial populations living within their environment’s carrying capacity.

Using industrialism to maintain populations that industrialism itself has already grown far, far beyond our environment’s carrying capacity, is a losing proposition. No matter how effective & efficient those industrial processes are, all things exceeding our environment’s carrying capacity are doomed to failure.


A Fine Ride it IS

Using the, “miracles of Industrial agriculture,” we’ve already grown far beyond our planet’s carrying capacity. Our excesses, our growing beyond our planatary ecosystem’s carrying capacity, is currently altering the ancient and traditional weather patterns and webs of life everywhere, sufficiently to undermine the efficiencies of industrial agriculture that made these excess populations possible, in the first place.

Our environmental and ecosystem supports have long ago become thinner and thinner, the higher our global populations climbed, even before we started supercharging our growth with distilled hydrocarbons.
That feeling you are having would be the, “Wiley E. Coyote,” environmental-climate, “moment,” we all see approaching...

Our wisdom and greed's mutual misuse are canceling each other out, in practice, while working together today to effectively lobotomize the complexity and genius, let alone the emergent consciousness, inherent within the web of life on this planet.

Wave bye, Coyote!



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