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Organic farming could cut gases; country newsbulletin.

AT least 3.2 million tonnes of carbon would be absorbed by soil if all the UK's farmland were converted to organic farming, says the Soil Association.

This would be the equivalent of taking nearly a million cars off the road, according to research by the association ahead of the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit.

Soil Association director Patrick Holden, who farms in Ceredigion, said: "This report shows that agriculture can reduce greenhouse gas emissions while producing food sustainably."

The UK Government has pledged to cut greenhouse gases by 80% by the year 2050. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says 89% of agriculture's potential to get rid of the gases from the atmosphere is through absorption by soil and plants.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 1, 2009
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