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Organic farming and climate change

Selected publications

Muller, A. et al. (2016) Organic Farming, climate change mitigation and beyond: Reducing the environmental impacts of EU agriculture. IFOAM EU Group, Brussels, Belgium.

Gattinger, A. et al. (2012): Enhanced top soil carbon stocks under organic farming. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences - PNAS, 109 (44), S. 18226-18231.

Muller, A. et al.: (2012) Reducing Global Warming and Adapting to Climate Change: The Potential of Organic Agriculture. Working paper, Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau (FiBL), CH Frick.

Muller, A. et al. (2011) Mitigating Greenhouse Gases in Agriculture. Diakonisches Werk der EKD e.V. for Brot für die Welt.

FAO (Ed.) (2011) Organic agriculture and climate change mitigation - A report of the Round Table on Organic Agriculture and Climate Change. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Natural Resources Management and Environment Department, Rome, Italy.

Niggli, U. et al.: (2009) Low Greenhouse Gas Agriculture: Mitigation and Adaptation Potential of Sustainable Farming Systems. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome.

All FiBL publications on climate change at OrganicEprints


Markus Steffens
(Dr. rer. nat)

Department of Soil Sciences
Group lead Climate
Ackerstrasse 113
CH-5070 Frick

Phone +41 (0)62 865-0418


Müller Adrian
(Dr. sc. nat.)

Department of Socio-Economic Sciences
Ackerstrasse 113
CH-5070 Frick

Phone +41 (0)62 865-7252

Organic Farming and Climate Change

Organic farming has a number of objectives, such as to avoid damage to the environment, to promote biodiversity, to manage attractive landscapes, to keep livestock in a manner that fulfils their welfare requirements, and to produce good food. It also provides a key to solving the problem of climate change: organic farming is an alternative that uses resources sparingly, is climate-friendly, and offers significant scope for climate change adaptation.

FiBL is working on a range of projects related to climate change and organic agriculture. At these pages some background information as well as information on FiBL projects and publications is presented.