Research Confirms Organic Agriculture Reduces Buildup of Reactive Nitrogen

A new study led by researchers at the University of Virginia and co-authored by The Organic Center shows that organic farming practices can help prevent the global accumulation of reactive nitrogen, and scale back the presence of one of the major contributors to climate change. The research, published in Environmental Research Letters, confirms that the biggest difference between organic and conventional farming is that organic farming helps reduce the buildup of reactive nitrogen by using recycled nitrogen sources like compost and other natural soil amendments. Across all food groups, organic production releases around 50% less new reactive nitrogen to the environment. As a companion piece to the published scientific study, The Organic Center has developed a report titled How organic can help curb nitrogen pollution: the most overlooked cause of climate change…and most other environmental disasters that succinctly describes the findings and puts them into perspective with other research.