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Organic Agriculture Information Center

Global agriculture is responsible for the second-largest volume of carbon emissions after fossil fuel-based energy. However, the right agricultural practices can help not only reduce the release of millions of metric tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere, but also reduce the release of environmentally harmful pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides into the air, soil, and waterways.

Forest Founders was created with one mission in mind: To reverse climate change. We are committed to increasing awareness of the extreme danger the climate crisis poses to our planet’s survival, and to supporting and participating in reforestation initiatives that will help reverse damaging climate trends. Learn how organic agriculture can help us preserve our natural resources and keep our planet healthy.

  • Organic farming is on track to become the largest system of food production in the United States, and the Organic Farmers Association is the strongest and most visible trade organization for organic farmers. To learn more about Organic Farmers Association’s vision, mission, and philosophy, please visit:
  • The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is a cooperative of policy reform advocates who work towards greater agricultural sustainability, improved resource allocation, and greater support for small and mid-scale farms and farming communities. Learn more about NSAC’s mission and how to contribute here:
  • The Food and Agriculture Organization is an arm of the United Nations tasked with managing and supporting initiatives to combat food insecurity around the world. The organization’s goal is to improve healthy food access to underserved communities throughout the agency’s 130 member countries.
  • If you are curious about how organic farming has the potential to significantly reduce our collective carbon footprint, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has provided the answers to frequently asked questions about sustainable farming. FAO offers this informational resource designed to help people understand organic agriculture and how it benefits the environment.
  • Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education provides economic incentives to farmers and farming communities that are transitioning to organic farming. In addition to grants and professional development resources, SARE offers educational support based upon the latest research and farming technologies. Learn more here:
  • How much do you know about organic farming? Organic Farming Research Foundation works to make organic farming more accessible and profitable to small farmers and larger agricultural businesses across the United States. Learn more about this organization’s mission and long-term objectives here:
  • Do you know the size of your foodprint? A “foodprint” is the environmental impact of our food products — from growing practices, to processing, to transportation, to packaging, to refrigeration. FoodPrint is an organization that strives to educate consumers about agricultural and food processing practices that negatively impact the environment and contribute to climate change.
  • Rodale Institute is an organization committed to supporting organic farming practices by providing farmers and communities with access to resources, funding, and education. This nonprofit organization has been at the forefront of the organic farming movement for seven decades, helping raise awareness of the importance of organic farming to human health and the environment.