COP22: Organic Agriculture Can Help Reverse Climate Change (Debate)
Marrakech, 11/11/2016 (MAP) – The role organic agriculture can play in fighting climate change effects and promoting biodiversity was the main theme of a debate, held in the COP22 Green Zone by the federation of Moroccan organic agriculture professionals (FIMABIO).
Speaking on this occasion, Andre Leu, President of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), highlighted the potential of organic agriculture in supporting the global momentum to fight climate change effects.
“Organic agriculture can help reverse climate change because it can take CO2 out of the atmosphere and store it in the soil as soil organic matter,” he said, noting that average organic systems can store around 3.5 tonnes of CO2 per hectare per year. Echoing him, President of FIMABIO called on the Moroccan government to include organic agriculture in climate resilience plans.
During the event, FIMABIO distributed a document dubbed “Manifesto for a Bio Morocco and for the Support for a Bio Africa” which calls for including the promotion of organic agriculture in the COP22 agenda.
The event is part of the activities taking place in the Knowledge and Traditions area of the Green Zone of COP22, slated for November 7-18.