Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association

MOFGA Position Statement On Global Climate Change
(Adopted by MOFGA's Board of Directors, February 1, 2009)

The MOFGA Board of Directors is deeply concerned about human contributions to global climate change. Agriculture that is practiced in harmony with natural systems and that preserves biodiversity reduces human impact on the environment. Sustainable organic agriculture is a powerful tool in the struggle against global climate change. (1, 2)

MOFGA supports global climate change initiatives that:

  • Promote organic and sustainable husbandry of soils, crops, livestock and forests;
  • Protect biodiversity;
  • Build healthy soils;
  • Improve and protect water quality;
  • Minimize the transportation of agricultural products;
  • Strengthen relationships between growers and consumers; and
  • Promote local food production and global food security.

1. Regenerative Organic Farming: A Solution to Global Warming. Tim J. LaSalle, Ph.D., CEO and Paul Hepperly, Ph.D., Director of Research and Fulbright Scholar, Rodale Institute, Emmaus, Pennsylvania, 2008. Posted at: http://www.rodaleinstitute.org/20080425/gw6

2. Low Greenhouse Gas Agriculture. Mitigation and adaptation potential of sustainable farming systems. UN, Food and Agriculture Organization, May, 2008. Posted at: http://www.fao.org/organicag/en/