Green Eyes On: President Obama, How About Organic Farming?
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With the election behind us it's time to focus again on solutions, wouldn't you say? It's time to move forward and to accomplish great things. Now that we know who will lead us, the question is "where will we go?"
I'd like to see us slow global climate change and increase our supplies of fresh, local, and organic foods. I'd like to see families everywhere eating healthier fare and living in chemical-free home environments. I'd like to feel comfortable running through cornfields and I'd like it to be safe for the families raising kids next to factory farms. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Mr. President Elect, sir, you have a big job before you. If I may, I'd like to offer up one solution: organic farming methods.
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Organic Farming Protects the Earth
Let's not overlook the powerful tools of organic farming and organically farmed foods. Will these cure all of the world's problems tomorrow? No. Will they cure your ills overnight? No. But can they help to protect us and the world around? Yes!
When crops are farmed organically, carbon dioxide is snatched from the air and secured in the soil. This is just one way organic farming methods battle climate change. In fact, according to Tim LaSalle, CEO of the Rodale Institute, in an interview with OnPoint, if organic farming practices were applied to all cropland in the United States, "we could mitigate 25 percent of our (fossil fuel) emissions in this country alone."
That, my friends, is nothing to turn a blind eye on.
Organic Farming Can Produce More Food
What else could it do? Organic farming methods could result in higher yields, especially in very dry or wet conditions, helping us meet our world's food demand. A large scale transition to organic farming on U.S. farms could cut our carbon emissions and related energy usage significantly (by some estimates energy usage could be cut in half). It will help protect our air and our most valuable supplies of fresh water. And, of course, it can protect the health of our environment and the most precious people around us.
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Chelsea Art Museum Hosts Organic Fundraiser
Tomorrow a crowd will gather at the Chelsea Art Museum in New York for an event called Ripe for Revolution; The Organic Solution. The fundraiser evening will support the research and educational programs of The Organic Center and Rodale Institute, making all of the above more possible for all of us.
I hope to see you there. And if not, then I'll look for you in the aisles among the ever-increasing supply of organic foods at our grocery stores or amongst the tables of organic produce at the farmer's markets across this country.
Our nation is ready for change. Here's to organics as at least one solution.
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Sara Snow is a green living expert and regular contributor to TreeHugger via her Green Eyes On column. She can also be seen on CNN.com on Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Her new DVD Growing Green Babies is now available through SaraSnow.com.