Climate Change

Climate change affects agriculture and agriculture contributes to climate change. There are two important aspects when looking at the benefits of agriculture regarding climate change: mitigation and adaptation.
Biodynamic agriculture, a premium form of organic agriculture, produces lower greenhouse gas emissions than conventional agriculture and a higher potential of carbon soil sequestration. A 100% conversion of global agricultural land to organic agriculture would transform the agricultural sector from a significant contributor to climate change into a net carbon sink. The mitigation potential of agriculture - meaning its future risk reduction potential - is therefore high. (See also:  IFOAM 2009: Organic Agriculture – a Guide to Climate Change & Food Security)

Biodynamic agriculture is also superbly placed to improve the odds for climate change adaptation – notably through diversification, water efficiency, resilient crops and increased drought and flood resistance. Through the application of biodynamic agricultural methods, a farm’s risk of operating in an environment that is highly vulnerable to climate change is reduced.


Differences in soil profile after application of biodynamic agriculture for 30 years: soil has a thick carbon rich layer (15-30cm) -  its carbon sequestration capacity is much higher!
Photo Credit: Soil and More Foundation