Last month, Britain’s Prince Charles spoke at the 70t anniversary of the Soil Association in London and talked about how the future of humanity now depends on organic farming. Although there are still debates on the importance of organic farming or at least, how important it is in today’s society, we cannot deny the fact that there are some truths to the prince’s statements.
Not so long ago, eco practices in agriculture were so controversial that they are rarely being spoken about in dinner tables. Many people are confused about why we need another method of farming when we are “fine” with the conventional method. But according to Prince Charles, “sound science” has now backed eco-friendly practices in the production of food.
In fact, in the next years, we can see large swatches of farmland being destroyed by environmental catastrophes and the toil it took from the massive use of fertilizers, pesticides, and other chemicals, he added. Organic farming seems to be humanity’s only hope of “reversing the drastic damage” that conventional methods are causing the environment.
Today, although there is more active participation in organic farming and local farmers and international corporations are looking at the benefits of eco-friendly farming methods, majority of farmlands are still using conventional methods of farming. This means that pesticides, fertilizers, other chemicals, and even genetically modified seeds are still being used in large quantities. This, according to the heir to the British throne, is putting the environment and the people’s health at risk.
The organic market, for one, is still relatively small compared to the market for conventional methods of farming. This is caused by the more expensive organic products since in many parts of the country and the world, organic farming is still being frowned upon by a large chunk of the market. People barely understand what it means and how it can help them live a better life in the future.
Prince Charles himself is not only an active campaigner of organic farming, but he’s also an organic farmer. He first discovered the benefits of farming organically as far back as the 1980s. The conventional and industrialized methods of farming, he said, has such a “disastrous impact” on a number of environmental elements such as biodiversity, soil fertility, plants, animals, and human health, more especially.
Change is not happening fast enough in this industry, unfortunately, and we’re left to see people suffering from unhealthy choices as more and more dubious companies are producing food products that are made from harmful chemicals. So, yes, the future of humanity, its health specifically, depends on organic farming.