Organic farming is a holistic production method that is better for our environment and better for our health. Supporting organic farming is more than just an investment in your well-being. You’re also supporting sustainable, environmentally-friendly practices and animal welfare.
Organic farmers adhere to strict standards of production that prevents them from using synthetic chemical pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, or sewage sludge on their crops. Some of these nasty substances are suspected carcinogens to humans and can cause headaches, nausea, and coordination problems. They are also harmful to honeybees, which are important pollinators of food crops.
Learn more by reading: How organic farming helps bees.
Organic farming also restricts the use of GMO’s (genetically modified organisms), the safety of GMO’s is hotly debated.
Here are the top reasons for supporting organic farming:
1. Respect our water resources – the elimination of polluting chemicals and nitrogen leaching, done in combination with soil building, protects and conserves water resources.
2. Build healthy soil – soil is the foundation of our food chain. Organic farming practices aim to restore, maintain, and enhance the soil’s ecosystem and health, thus creating healthier, tastier, more nutritious foods. Weed killers and pesticides used in conventional agriculture, gardening and landscaping bind to essential minerals in our soil, which leaves our soil and crops deficient in minerals. Some organic farmers supplement their soil with lyme, mulch, organic fertilizer and compost, all of which adds more nutrients to the soil making their crops more nutrient dense.
3. Drive innovative research – organic farmers have led the way, largely at their own expense, with innovative on-farm research aimed at reducing pesticide use and minimizing agriculture’s impact on the environment.
4. Preserve biodiversity – the loss of a large variety to species (biodiversity) is one of the most pressing environmental concerns. The good news is that many organic farmers and gardeners have been collecting and preserving seeds, and growing unusual varieties for decades.
5. Keep rural communities healthy – organic agriculture can be a lifeline for small farms because it offers an alternative market where sellers can command fair prices for crops.
6. Increase organic abundance – foods and non-foods alike. Now every food category has an organic alternative. And non-food agricultural products are being grown organically – even cotton, which most experts felt could not be grown this way.
7. Reduces energy use – thus reducing the carbon footprint and fight climate change. A typical organic farm can use 30-50% less energy than a typical conventional farm.