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SFT responds to new study into greenhouse gas impacts of converting to organic



Sustainable Food Trust response to ‘The greenhouse gas impacts of converting food production in England and Wales to organic methods’, a study by Laurence Smith and colleagues published on 22 October 2019


Smith and colleagues’ main conclusion is that converting all farmland in England and Wales to organic production would reduce domestic greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture. Due to the greatly reduced number of intensive pigs and poultry envisaged under their 100% organic production scenario, lower wheat yields, a considerable fall in oilseed rape production and a significant, postulated, decline in the number of dairy cows, this would lead to significant increases in imported pork, poultry meat, wheat, rape oil and milk, produced from land converted for cultivation. As

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