If we could reproduce on a worldwide level the processes and results of our organic, backyard gardens, what benefits might result?
Here are eight possible benefits we might see:
- Promotion of Biodiversity
Crop rotation to build soil fertility and raising animals naturally helps promote biodiversity, which promotes greater health across all living species. As organic farms provide safe havens to wildlife, local ecosystems also improve.
- Reduction of Farm Pollution
While “farm smog” is not real, traditional farming does create its own forms of pollution with respect to runoff from synthetic fertilizer and chemical pesticides, which harm the surrounding areas. That runoff seeps into the local groundwater supply. As harmful chemicals are eliminated from use through organic farming, the environment benefits. Organic farming improves the soil, removes the risk of groundwater pollution and rehabilitates soil in areas where damage to water supplies has already occurred.
- Better-tasting Food
It’s not your imagination: organic food truly tastes better than products that come from conventional farms and methods. Organic produce tends to have lower nitrate content than non-organic varieties, leading to fruits that not only taste sweeter but also have higher antioxidant levels. Science shows that organic farming isn’t just tastier but better for you, too!
- Fewer Environmental Toxins
At present, less than one half of one percent of farm acreage in the United States is devoted to organic farming methods. This means that there are over 900 million acres of farmland being treated with chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and other toxic substances required by livestock farming. As the percentage of organic farms increases, the environment also benefits.
- Job Creation
Studies compiled by the Organic Farming Research Foundation have shown that there are more than 10,000 certified organic producers in America, in comparison with almost two million traditional farms. However, organic farms tend to bring in more profits, despite requiring more employees. It is easy to see the economic benefits derived from job creation that would come from an increase in organic farming.
- Better Soil Quality
According to research done by Cornell University, forty billion dollars are lost annually due to topsoil destruction caused by conventional farming’s dependency on chemical fertilizers. If those fertilizers and ammonia were replaced by the use of organic farming methods, topsoil health would improve. The healthier soil would in turn produce vegetables and fruits with higher amounts of minerals and micronutrients.
- Helping in the Fight Against Climate Change
Organic farming reduces the use of nonrenewable energy, because it avoids the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers, which require large amounts of fossil fuel to produce. Organic farming also returns more carbon to the soil, which then lessens the greenhouse effect and global warming.
- Preservation of the Culture of Agriculture
Around the world, every culture has at least one thing in common: food. Organic farming celebrates biodiversity and good health, and it removes harmful toxins from our environment and from our food. That is something to encourage and celebrate!
By Precision Agriculture