The Environmental Benefits of Organic Food Production

For many doubters and naysayers, organic food production has yet to prove its mettle of being more beneficial to the environment than conventional food producers. When we say conventional, this means using commercial-grade fertilizers on crops and vegetation to produce food. This means using conventional machineries to grow food.

The reason why there is such a doubt on the benefits of organic fertilizers is because of the lack of information about organic farming and organic soil. Though there is reason why the doubts remain, the facts about organic farming prove that this is the most beneficial method of producing food for the environment.

Eliminates soil and water contamination

Organic food production basically stays away from using all kinds of synthetic fertilizers and chemicals. Because of this, it poses no risk of contaminating the soil and the groundwater. When farmers and food producers use non-organic fertilizers, the risk of contaminating comes with it. What risks are we talking about? When farmers spray fertilizers on the plants, they risk contaminating the groundwater that runs underneath, as well as the soil where the plants are being planted.

Preserves local wildlife

The use of organic fertilizers and materials for natural pest control measure helps preserve local wildlife. When farmers use commercial and chemical fertilizers and pesticides on the land, it potentially kills the soil and thereby, taking away the natural habitat from local animals.

Conserves biodiversity

How does organic food production help in conserving biodiversity? Simple. Organic farming methods encourage a natural balance within the ecosystem. It does not alter the composition of the ecosystem and the natural habitat of local wildlife because it is organic and natural. It also prevents the “domination” of certain species over the others. Under organic farming methods, some species, those that pose no risk to crops and plants, thrive. But conventional practices could possibly present an imbalance to the natural habitat. It could “empower” other species, leaving others almost completely eliminated from the ecosystem of the land.

Although there is still a lack of scientific studies and researches about the true benefits of organic farming methods to the environment, the fact remains that conventional farming methods pose a greater risk to the environment by simply altering its structure. Organic farming prohibits the use of synthetic and chemical products on the crop and plants. That alone should warrant us to judge organic farming as the better of the two choices.

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