Archive for July, 2009

Organic farming to combat global warming, climate change pushed

ADVOCATES of organic farming are pitching calls for the shift to organic farming to combat global warming and climate change as the group pushes for climate justice in time for the 15th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Copenhagen, Denmark in December 2009.

Isagani Serrano, acting president of the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM) and a convenor of Go Organic! Philippines said delegates to the UN meeting must not only demand for developed countries to agree to deeply cut their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions but to change the way they do things to reduce their carbon footprint, particularly in agriculture.

Serrano said excessive use of chemical fertilizers in farms contributes to global warming and climate change.  By shifting from conventional farming to organic farming, GHG emissions will be lessened and help fight the adverse effects of climate change.

He said organic farming helps stabilize the climate by reducing GHG emissions as it makes use of organic fertilizer, thus helping farmers veer away from excessive use of often harmful chemical fertilizers and pesticides that pollute the air, soil and water.

Chemical based agriculture, which accounts for 33 percent of GHG being emitted into the atmosphere, is being blamed for global warming but will not probably be taken up in the meeting as it will focus more on reducing GHG brought about by industrialization such as the use of coal, fuel and oil.

Serrano, in an interview over Go Organic! Radio Program aired over DZRB “Radyo ng Bayan” said it is important that developing countries like the Philippines to insist on developed countries to pay up under the principle of shared but differentiated responsibility.

He said developed countries should have bigger responsibilities than developing countries like the Philippines, which is worst affected by extreme weather events such as super typhoon, sea level rise, flashflood and even drought, as far as global warming is in concerned and thus, should pay up more by making deep cuts in their GHG emissions as “deep as it can get.”

The Philippines, he said, is contributing to climate change mitigation by shifting to organic farming.  “This also helps make our farms more resilient to climate change,” he said, adding that organic farming promotes better health and safer environment in the process.

He insisted that the Philippines and other developing countries should firmly push for deep cuts in GHG among industrialized countries to ensure climate justice.