People already understand the value of organic farming to one’s health. We know that organic agriculture is the only way to go if we want to sustain what’s little left of the environment. We have also realized the role of organic foods in our daily lives, and that we are all better because of it. But all of these point to the understanding of how one thing affects us personally. There’s a deeper reason as to why we should be supporting organic farming practices locally: it feeds and nurtures the community it belongs to.
Organic farmers believe that if organic wheat and barley are made in a specific area, then its value should stay there. If it’s going to be sold as a loaf of bread, for example, it is the community that should benefit from it. This is not to say that only the community should consume organic bread. What this means is that the gains should return to the community, economically and environmentally speaking.
As such, when this happens, organic farmers will have the funds they need to continue their research, as well as to study and experiment with more organic methods. Organic farming is terribly underfunded. Although organic products are more expensive than products grown conventionally, the revenues don’t go directly to organic farmers. It is the producers and distributors that clearly benefit from the high revenues of organic farming.
That’s why there’s a need to produce and sell right where these supplies are growing. If the fruits grew in an organic farm in Oklahoma, for example, then it should be used there for food products and distributed from there, too. With the help of the internet, these products can reach the whole country. There’s no need for big food producers and distributors. The farmers are perfectly capable of turning their output into something they can sell.
Thankfully, there have also been a lot of endowments from big companies and research centers. These endowments allow farmers to continue their work in organic farming. It also empowers them to continue with this kind of agricultural method even though the yields are lower and there are too many challenges.
During this pandemic, for example, these organic farms have suffered tremendously because of the lack of demand from their usual clients—the restaurant industry. This is partly the reason why such endowments are necessary for the lifeline of these organic farms.