Organic agriculture has experienced a recent boom in popularity and receives growing support every day. Let’s look at three benefits organic farming has to offer our communities worldwide!
The associated health benefits consumers experience from eating organic foods continues to bolster support for the organic agriculture movement. Harsh pesticides and chemicals are bad for our health! By eating produce grown organically we are investing in the health and wellness (and future) of our communities. We can count on our family, friends, and neighbors to be around longer. They can also count on us to be a healthy part of their lives when we take better care of ourselves.
Growing organic community gardens can also bring people together. Positive relationships built around wholesome goals and teamwork help make us happier and healthier together!
Organic farming promotes increased biodiversity. This is important because when chemical pesticides, fungicides, or fertilizers are used they can isolate certain species which would normally be in contact with a multitude of other organisms. When this isolation occurs crops, bugs, fungi, germs, viruses, etc. can all begin to develop weaknesses where they once may have had resistances. This can cause an outbreak of crop-devastating fungi or pests when crops change, for instance. Organic agriculture allows for a healthy biome to exist naturally that regulates itself and maintains its own healthy balance of flora and fauna.
IT’S ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY!
The environmental benefits organic agriculture offers our global community are undeniable. By using only organic pest control and fertilization methods we reduce the amount of pollution in groundwater, lakes, ponds, oceans, and public water sources. We are all better off when there is less seepage of toxins into the soil and water sources we all rely on to sustain life as we know it.
It helps to maintain healthy soil that is less resistant to exhaustion. When chemicals are used on soil for a specific crop, it may make it more difficult to plant another crop in its place. This crop exchange is called crop rotation and is a necessary part of farming. If crop rotation does not occur, the soil is eventually depleted of all the nutrients and minerals needed to sustain healthy crops and new farmland must be used while the spent soil is either rebuilt or abandoned.
UC Davis recently performed a study that shows how over the course of nearly 30 years, organic farming produced SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER amounts of runoff during rainfall events than conventional farming. This supports the belief that conventional farming negatively impacts soil erosion rates and seepage at a far more alarming rate than organic farming.
IT SUPPORTS ECONOMIC PROFITABILITY!
Organic farming is approximately 22-35% more profitable than conventional farming. In communities where these farms exist, it stands to reason that the community should benefit from this economic success. With higher profitability, comes more jobs. With those jobs come higher pay rates. With higher pay comes a healthier local economy. This is a huge benefit to farming communities who choose to adopt an organic agriculture model.
According to the previously mentioned study performed by UC Davis, though the initial cost to produce organic crops is higher, the revenue and net returns are both significantly higher than conventionally grown crops of the same type.