How to Support Organic Farming, Even In the City

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Support for the organic farming industry and other environmentally-focused fields has reached an all-time high over the past few years. This is largely linked to increased awareness of how our actions as human beings are starting to affect the world and its resources. 

Plenty of people are looking to show their support by making more environmentally-conscious choices, whether it’s in the items that they buy, or the lifestyle choices that they are making. It is a common misconception that if you are living in the city, it is difficult for you to support organic farming and other environmental industries. 

If you are living in the city, then you have more incentive to support organics and environmentalism because you understand the importance of balancing out the urban landscape with a natural one. Fortunately, this support is more than possible, even for someone living in the city. 

Minimize transportation and shop local organic farming businesses

One of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gasses is transportation. There are two ways that you can live a more organic lifestyle. The first thing that you can do is minimize your own private transportation. 

If everyone carpooled instead of driving around in their own private cars all the time, their carbon footprint would be minimized. Even taking public transportation a few times a week instead of driving your own car can make a world of difference. 

Another thing that you can do is shop locally and support local organic businesses. The transportation of goods from one place to another is a large part of why the transportation industry is one of the biggest contributors to carbon emissions. 

By shopping local, you are not supporting large transportation efforts, minimizing your own carbon footprint. It is also great to support small local businesses to get the best quality organic products. 

Lean into the seasons

As mentioned before, if you have to get your products from someplace where it is not native to where you live, then more energy and resources are expended, which is why the transportation industry’s carbon emissions are so high. 

However, this also applies to food and products that don’t naturally occur in that particular season. If a farm needs to force the growth of a fruit or vegetable when it’s out of season, then they have to resort to chemical fertilizers and other chemical aids, which affect the balance of the local ecology. 

Not only that, but when you force the growth of out-of-season crops, the resulting flavors and quality are not nearly as good as crops that are cultivated and harvested in their season. 

 

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