Want to save the planet from environmental disaster? Stop buying organic food.

| | December 2, 2016
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[F]arming is the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, only slightly behind heating and electricity. …

The one label you’re likely to find on many food items is the “organic” one. But if you care about the environment, don’t buy it (it’s not healthier either, but that’s another story).

[Y]ou are not helping wildlife. Yes, organic farms host a greater diversity of wildlife than conventional ones. But because the yields are lower, organic farms require more land, which in the tropics often means cutting down more rainforests.

And organic food also results in higher greenhouse gas emissions than conventional farming.

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This divide will become ever greater in the future, because the organizations that set the rather arbitrary standards for what counts as “organic” have firmly rejected the technology showing the greatest promise for reducing farming emissions: genetic modification.

… Next up: GM crops that can capture more of the sun’s energy, require less fertilizer and tolerate drought or salt.

But the organic movement will have none of it. There was a faint hope that some might at least accept gene editing, given that gene-edited crops can be genetically indistinguishable from conventional crops. But no, on 18 November the US organic standards board voted unanimously against this.

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