Organic farming is profitable and appealing to farmers and consumers. There are both ethical and health reasons as to why organic farming should be adopted by farmers. Not only that. There’s a range of environmental benefits that organic farming techniques bring.
Reduced Exposure to Pesticides and Chemicals
Farmers who practice conventional farming methods are exposed to synthetic chemicals and pesticides. This can result in a number of diseases that they can suffer from in the future. The effects of pesticides and insecticides stick around for decades.
Even if farmers transition to organic farming methods right now, there is still a big chance that their exposure to synthetic chemicals before may result in respiratory illnesses.
The Organic Trade Association said that if every farmer in the US turns to organic production, that will eliminate more than 500 million pounds of harmful chemicals that are released to the environment through conventional farming methods.
Continues pesticide use causes a lot of problems in the environment. It allows the build-up of weeds and plants. It may also allow soil erosion.
Lesser Costs on Farmers
Synthetic chemicals are expensive. They are not subsidized by the government. This is opposed to organic farming techniques that receive actual support from the government.
Organic soil and amendments are also cheaper than chemicals like pesticides and herbicides. And because they are organic, there is a lesser chance of pests infesting the soil and the plants.
Farmers can save more when they follow organic methods. They can receive support from the government through seminars and training. Some recycling facilities also distribute organic fertilizers to farmers because it costs more to sell and deliver them to different parts of the country.
This is a win-win situation for the farmers and the treatment plants: farmers need organic soil while treatment plants need to dispose of it.
More Engagement With Co-farmers
There is a community of organic farmers. They share knowledge and experience. They give advice to beginners. They take in knowledge from the experts. There is more engagement in organic farming.
They can learn the best practices from some of the biggest organic farms in the world. The industry itself is welcoming of beginners. They want more people to learn about this method of farming.
When there is a farmer-to-farmer exchange, farms will benefit more. They will adopt the best practices in the industry and follow scientific theories. This helps the industry prosper and progress.