The progression of technology and the world, in general, is moving at an almost alarming rate. Things that seemed the stuff of science fiction are quickly becoming a reality today. One of the industries that have significantly benefited from the progress of technology is the agricultural industry. Organic farming methods have paved the way for technology capable of producing food on a global scale, which has no problem accommodating the larger populations.
However, all of this technology and progress comes at a price. We have neglected to care for our earth properly, and these effects can be felt today. Because of these, organic farming and other natural methods are being used to somehow make up for the damage that we have caused with chemical fertilizers.
With its rise in popularity, is it safe to say that organic farming is the future of the agricultural industry? A lot of people still scoff at the idea of organic farming, citing that it’s simply another fad to sell more food at a higher cost. However, it’s important to take into consideration the long-term effects that organic farming has on our environment, and why this is very important today.
For a long time now, ever since these have been first put into practice, artificial and chemical fertilizers have become a very popular fixture in agriculture. It makes sense why these became so popular. All you have to do is buy a bag of it at the store, follow the instructions specified on the bag, apply it onto your crops, and you have large and very attractive looking crops.
If you head over to your local supermarket, you may notice that all of the fruits and vegetables look picture perfect. These can be attributed to the use of artificial fertilizers. They give the soil the boost it needs to produce crops that look like this.
However, because of the prolonged use of this, certain consequences are currently being observed. The most obvious result of prolonged use of chemical fertilizers is the decline in soil quality. Fertilizers boost nutrients in the soil but do nothing to restore it, and the soil eventually ends up using up all of its nutrients after multiple cycles.
This leads to weaker soil and causes water runoff. This, in turn, leads to contamination if the water runs off to nearby water sources and can even result in algae bloom.
The reason why organic farming and other related forms of it are becoming so popular is that although it doesn’t produce the same aesthetically pleasing results as chemical fertilizers do, it reaps its own rewards.
Organic farming is more focused on long-term sustainability, and how our actions today impact the future of the earth. Using natural forms of fertilizers and following the guidelines of organics allow you to boost your crops, but at the same time, helps restore the lost nutrients in the soil.
While we can’t say that organic farming practices are definitely the future of agriculture, one cannot deny that it is doing a lot of good in helping prolong the life of our home planet.