It’s that time of the year again. It’s the winter season. We’re again heavily relying on heating units to keep us warm through the holidays unless, of course, you live in a tropical country where the sun is always a friend. But in many parts of the world, people are going to bundle up under their duvets in hopes of lowering the impact of their heating systems on the environment. But do you know there is another way for you to lower your activities’ impact on the environment? It is through organic farming.
A study looked into the energy inputs and outputs for agricultural methods—both conventional and organic. The study concluded that organic farming is more energy-efficient than conventional farming. It uses almost zero energy. It does not only lessen its impact on the environment, it actually saves more by giving back to nature.
On average, organic farming has 20% higher energy savings than conventional farming. Why is that? Organic farming does not use electricity to grow and harness its crops. Instead, it relies heavily on solar energy to grow crops. It is also not reliant on expensive nitrogen fertilizers and pesticides that contribute to the growth of the crops.
Organic farms rely on natural and biological techniques for crop production. They use only the most natural of ways for growing crops, taking care of poultry, improving the yield, and ensuring food security. Organic farms use manure and other forms of fertilizers and soil amendments. This reduces the need to transport fertilizers, pesticides, and other growth hormones.
As a consumer, these are the two things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint through organic farming:
Choose Whole Foods With Less Packaging
When you need to buy food for your family, choose to go to the farmers’ market or to the organic farm itself. You can also bring your own bag or basket so the market will not need to use packaging for your food. This will greatly reduce your reliance on plastics and paper bags.
Choose Locally Grown Food
In-season foods are hard to come by. Only look for them when they are available. But when they’re not, make sure to purchase only locally grown food. Your choice will save farmers from having to transport their products to other parts of the country. It will also help you save on the cost of your groceries since produce in farmers’ markets are usually less expensive than the pre-packed ones in grocery aisles.