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Potential of organic farming practices to mitigate climate change - work continues

The Round Table on Organic Agriculture and Climate Change (RTOACC), formed in December 2009 at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, reports on work to mitigate climate change through organic farming.

Within the first year of the Round Table on Organic Agriculture and Climate Change (RTOACC), a significant amount of data and information has been compiled and relevant data gaps were also identified with regard to greenhouse gas emissions and sequestration potential of organic farming systems. Important improvements in CO2 balancing of organic farming systems and products by life cycle assessments (LCA) were also made.

There is a big potential for making use of specific organic farming practices in carbon markets. However, monitoring, reporting and verification is quite a challenge for some practices and is seen as a major hurdle for further adoption. The results of the RTOACC 2010 workshops will be compiled in a report and be made available to the wider public towards the end of 2011.

Background information on the RTOACC

The Roundtable on Organic Agriculture and Climate Change RTOACC is a multi-stakeholder initiative founded on December 16, 2009 in Copenhagen, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference. RTOACC brings together stakeholders and partners along the organic food production chain. The activities are funded by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). FiBL is a founding member.

The principal objectives of RTOACC are to:

  • Initiate, support and facilitate research on organic agriculture and climate change.
  • Advise the international community on organic agriculture and climate change issues.
  • Develop a measurement method to enable reliable quantification and certification of carbon sequestration in organic agriculture.

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