Various studies and research has shown that organic farming has the power to change the world and feed societies. In 2016, studies found that communities with organic agriculture increase their households’ median average by $2,000 every year. The prevalence of poverty was also cut down by 1.3%. This means that organic crop production and business activities related to it have the potential of creating long-lasting regional job opportunities.
This highlights one important glaring truth: that organic agriculture and organic crop production have the power of changing the world and feeding societies.
The findings of the study show that economic development related to organic agriculture works. This time, it is not a fluke. When communities invest in organic agriculture, there is a higher chance of increasing livelihood opportunities for their members. There is a need for communities to demand policies and regulations from the government in regards to organic agriculture.
The studies must be passed on to Congress and persuade them to enact existing laws protecting organic agriculture. Instead of simply saying that organic agriculture is a trend that farmers need to follow, it will become a norm for communities to follow these agricultural methods. In the end, the community members will reap the rewards of jobs, healthy food, and a sustainable environment.
So yes, it is time to think about organic agriculture as it pertains to economic development, especially in rural areas. There is a need to subsidize rural farmers so they can afford to transition to organic methods of agriculture. Although organic fertilizer is cheaper than synthetic fertilizer, many farmers are still adamant that this might not work for them because they need a two- to a three-year transition period.
More Effective Than Anti-poverty Programs
In the country’s organic hotspots, which are counties with incidences of organic agriculture, it was found out that diving into this agricultural method is more economical and beneficial for the farmers than the government’s anti-poverty programs.
Although there are plenty of organic hotspots in the country, some of the most popular are Monterey County in California, Huron County in Michigan, Clayton County in Iowa, and Carroll County in Maryland.
If the government is serious about improving the incomes of households in the country, it should take a closer look at organic farming. The benefits are unparalleled. Not to mention that it is the cheapest option to reduce poverty prevalence.