Organic Food Provides Environmental Benefits
Researchers reveal the environmental benefits of organic food, according to a study conducted on February 9, 2018.
At a global level, the necessity to take on sustainable diets was recommended by various organizations. Diets which include animal products are found to have a high environmental impact compared to foods that are plant-based. Requirement of energy and greenhouse gas emissions caused by livestock is the reason for environmental problems. Due to the rigorous production of livestock, a huge loss of biodiversity is also observed.
A sustainable diet is also influenced by the methods in which food is produced. Compared to the techniques currently used for production, organic agriculture is found to be more environment friendly. Studies that have examined both type of diet and method of production are very rare. However, several studies on diets that have environmental benefits have been conducted. Louise Seconda, author of the article said, “We wanted to provide a more comprehensive picture of how different diets impact the environment.”
The study, which included 34,000 French adults, was conducted by gathering information about their consumption of organic food and food intake. Provegetarian score was considered to know if people preferred products that are plant-based or animal-based. At the farm level, assessments based on environmental impacts of production life cycle was conducted. This assessment considered three factors including emission of greenhouse gases, land occupation, and cumulative energy demand.
According to the researchers, changes in climate, types of soil and management of farms are also the reasons for environmental problems and these effects are will not be uniform. Other factors like use of pesticides, quality of soil and leaching were not considered in this study. Louise Seconda says that these factors can also be included in the future studies.
To confirm the results obtained in this research, further studies have to be conducted. Similar to the environmental benefits of organic food, organic baby food is also found to be environment friendly, as elaborated in the organic baby food market report published by Coherent Market Insights.
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