The United States Department of Agriculture has been supportive of funding organic farming initiatives in the past years. The same can be said for private institutions that have invested in organic agriculture this past decade.
However, more needs to be done. We are now at a critical juncture to fund the new generation of scientists, researchers, and experts. They will be responsible for taking organic agriculture to new heights, furthering its commitment to produce and offer healthy food options to consumers.
Training Researchers and Scientists
Funding is critical in investing in the knowledge-building of researchers, scientists, and technical experts. Without such funding, scientists cannot continue with their work. They also won’t be able to test many of their hypotheses thus, disabling them to prove their claims with evidentiary support.
Whatever you know about organic farming now comes from the research and studies of these scientists and experts. Their opinions are based on the results of years of study and experiences in the actual field. Funding from government institutions and private organizations makes that possible.
Develop New Talents
These studies must be carried on by new talents. Funding for organic farming is also essential because these new talents will depend on the information, tools, and resources that such funding will bring about.
How can new talents develop their understanding of organic agriculture if no government institutions or private organizations are willing to invest in building their knowledge? Such investment will also increase the environmental sustainability of the operations of both organic and non-organic farmers.
Provide Information and Assistance
Finally, organic farmers need all the support they can get. This financial support is essential to their operations. As governments all over the world persuade conventional farmers to transition into organic farming, they need to understand that this isn’t a role that farmers alone can play. Governments and the private sector need to do their part, too.
If a conventional farmer is to transition into organic farming, this means at least three years of low to no yield. Where will he get the money he needs for his family? The transition period often puts off farmers, and that’s why they go back to conventional methods even though they know the risks they are taking.
Farmers are ready to turn their land into organic farms. More than anyone else, they care about the land that they toil. But if funding will be elusive, continuing and transitioning to organic farming won’t be possible.