Organic Farming 101: Chemical Concerns in Conventional Farming



It is no secret that there is a stronger demand for organic farming products. Many people assume that the organic label is just a marketing gimmick, but in reality, there are growing concerns about conventional farming and the methods used in this.

One of the biggest concerns that people have about conventional farming is the use of chemicals in the cultivation and management of crops. You have to see it to believe it, but here is a general overview of chemicals that are typically used in conventional farming which can explain why there is a stronger demand for organic farming methods and products.

Fertilizers

Keep in mind that due to consumer demand, farmers are encouraged to grow crops and products that meet a certain standard in terms of aesthetics. This is why the crops that you see in supermarkets tend to be large and shiny. These make them very appealing to customers.

The problem with this approach is that the only way that conventional farmers are able to achieve this is through the excessive application of chemical fertilizers. This is also the reason why some people are disappointed in the yield of organic products.

Since organic methods of farming don’t use chemical fertilizers and have to rely on natural forms of fertilizer, the resulting crop does not measure up to the visually appealing products that we are used to seeing in supermarkets. However, organic crops are not only healthier because they have not been touched by chemicals, but they also taste better since they are not overgrown.

Pesticides

Pest management is a serious issue for any farmer, organic or not. However, the biggest problem with the chemical pesticides used in conventional farming is that prolonged exposure to these can lead to a buildup of resistance in the pests and bugs that they are being used on. It can lead to the need for an even stronger pesticide, which can make it harder for crops to grow properly.

Herbicides

Weeds are another serious problem that farmers have to manage to help the growth of their crops. The issue with the use of chemical herbicides to manage weeds in conventional farming is that these chemicals can lead to damage and weakness of the soil, which can make it hard for the soil to sustain crop growth over time.

Not only that, but if the chemicals leach into the soil, it can lead to runoff in nearby water sources, which results in algae bloom and water contamination. Organic farming relies on natural forms of pest and weed management, which helps prevent these issues.

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