Organic farming is not only great because it keeps harmful chemicals out of your body, but it also keeps them out of our environment. Conventional farming has many downsides attributed to it. In order to get rid of pests and weeds conventional farming uses harmful pesticides and insecticides, which in turn get cultivates into the soil that our food is growing in. There are also synthetic chemicals that are used in conventional farming in order to increase quantity of the produce. Although it increases the quantity, it does not necessarily increase quality. In contrast, organic farming uses organic waste and compost, which increases the amount of nutrients in the plants.
Some benefits of organic farming:
- Enhances soil structures by using a tilling method that builds organic material into it and carries up to 1 billion helpful bacteria
- Keeps water clean by eliminating polluted runoff from chemicals.
- Less irrigation and the use of mulch helps conserve water.
- Mitigates climate change by reducing greenhouse gases (especially nitrous oxide), stores carbon in soil, minimizes energy consumption by eliminating energy used to make synthetic fertilizers
- Ensures sustained biodiversity and integrates wild biodiversity
- Eliminates the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
- Supports the development of local and regionally grown food
- Reduces the use of non-renewable energy
- Reduces off farm pollution and eliminates the effects on the environment downstream drift
- Some studies show that organic produce have lower levels of nitrates and higher levels of antioxidants
- Longer storage life for organically grown plants
Have you bought organically grown products recently? If not, then do so! By buying organic you can help make this plant a better place to live!