Is your Wonder Bread destroying the ozone layer?

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The smokestack on the left is for conventionally produced bread, while that on the right is for organic. (Photo: Stock.xchng)

Organic food, bread specifically, just picked up a little more gleam for its halo. Research by the German environmental policy think tank Öko-Institut in Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, suggests that organic wheat flour breads are better for the environment because they emit up to 25 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than conventionally produced bread.

That applies to most organic foods, according to the Oko-Institut study. The bread finding was just one result of comprehensive research into the carbon dioxide emissions of food.

Carbon dioxide, or CO₂, is a naturally occurring compound and is used in a wide range of capacities from food processing and mining to dry cleaning and refrigeration. Evidence shows that our reliance upon CO₂ has dramatically increased the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, leading to an uptick in atmospheric temperatures. Atmospheric carbon dioxide has increased by about 35% since the beginning of the industrial age in the early 1700s.

“This difference was largely attributed to the higher amounts of energy used to produce synthetic nitrogen fertilizer in conventional agriculture,” according to Bakeryinfo.co.uk, which reported on the study.  “Organic farming was also said to increase the content of organic matter in the soil, locking in up to 1.5 tons of CO₂ per hectare per year.”

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One Response to “Is your Wonder Bread destroying the ozone layer?”

  1. Alexis Organic Says:

    Ground level ozone is a principal component of smog which damages vegetation and reduces atmospheric visibility. Alexis Organic

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