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Stomach for climate

Ordinary food production accounts for 18 per cent of the world's climate emissions. Ecosystem is better for the environment. Why is Norway producing so little? Norwegians would like more organic food, but the government prefers under-production. The eco farmers face resistance from several teams.

[ecology] We walk carefully through a sea of ​​brown hens that stumble towards us and eagerly chop on the clogs we borrowed at Sørli farm in Skjeberg.

- If you eat brown, organic eggs from Prior this summer, they are guaranteed to come from here, says organic farmer Rune Sørli.

Organic food is produced without the use of artificial fertilizers or synthetic pesticides, and is therefore less energy intensive, and more climate friendly than regular agriculture.

Demand for eco food is skyrocketing, but with today's agricultural policy, the threshold for adjusting is high. Large investments are required, and a good portion of courage to switch from normal to organic operations.

In 2003, Sørli invested about NOK XNUMX million in a new hen house where the hens can as far as possible follow their instincts. For example, the chickens each have their own quail stick.

- It is the hen's instinct to fly up to sleep in a tree or on a waddle, he says.

Sørli opens the doors to the henhouse, and soon the first hens venture out cautiously outside.

- These hens are brand new on the farm and are not used to being out yet, he says.

Suddenly the chickens panicked wildly against the doors. It was a rooster making a warning sound.

- I think it is important for well-being and for group dynamics in general that there is one. . .

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