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How specifically does consuming organic vs non organic foods decrease global warming?

Specifically how does consuming organic foods positively affect the local ecosystem.
Is it this simple? ? I am assuming that by eating organic foods, you are eliminating the use of chemicals and pesticides. In doing this you reduce contamination of the water table and thus maintaining your ecosystem. Also can you explain how nitrogen is involved in contaminating the water (I am confused by this) Also by eating locally produced organic food you reduce the consumption of fossil fuels associated with food distribution and production. Can you specifically explain how this occurs?

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You are correct in your assumptions about eating locally produced foods reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases (the chemicals responsible for global warming, which mainly come from the burning of hydrocarbon fuels). Eliminating the use of fertilizers and pesticides is the major goal of organic farmers. These ideas alone do not seem to explain how eating organic foods can reduce global warming though. I think I will first answer your question about how nitrogen is involved in water contamination.

This is a good article about the risks of nitrogen in ...

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