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placeholder April 27, 2009   •   VOL. 47, NO. 8   •   Oakland, CA
Buy organic to help
environment, says CRS

LIMA, Peru (CNS) — Paying attention to where your morning coffee comes from not only makes good consumer sense, but may also help stave off climate changes that increasingly affect poor farmers.

Organic farming that prevents erosion and conserves water gives farmers extra income and helps preserve forests that absorb harmful greenhouse gases, said Jefferson Shriver, an official in the Nicaraguan office of Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. bishops’ international relief and development agency.

By choosing organic and fair-trade items, consumers can “practice solidarity with the products they buy” and help protect the environment, Shriver said. “Most people buy (organic products) for health reasons, but the benefits are even greater” in the countries where the products are grown, because organic farming methods promote better land and water use, he said.

The amount of land dedicated to organic crops has more than quadrupled since 1990.

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