The organic movement is nothing new, it started around the first half of the 20th century in response to the growing modern agricultural practices. These days, buying organic is largely a sign of “voting with your dollars” as you may have seen in various ads supporting and promoting sustainable agriculture.
It’s true of course, and the difference in buying an organic bunch of kale goes much deeper than an added 50 cents to your grocery bill.
In part one of this series, we’ll explore 3 environmental benefits that result from organic farming.
Pesticide use in the environment causes many negative reactions like disease resistance in plant eating insects, as well as crop erosion, and of course soil, water, and air contamination that hangs around for decades.
Healthy soil is much like a healthy immune system.
If you’re the type that constantly gets colds and immediately run to the drugstore for your instant Tylenol fix you may see an instant improvement, yes. But by doing this, you’re covering up the problem, you’re not giving your body a chance to improve on it’s own, and build up the strength to fight colds.
Just like you should be looking to how your diet, and other stressors may be impacting your health negatively, so does the constant use of pesticides on soil not allow it to build up a natural resistance.
In fact, according to American Microbiologist, Dr. Elaine Ingham, as many as 1 billion helpful bacteria from over 15,000 species are hosted in organic compost soil while the chemically treated soil only has… 100 helpful bacteria! Crazy right?!
In a study conducted started in 1948 of the “Long-term effects of organic and conventional farming on soil erosion,” it was found that energy sapping nature of conventional farming led to a both a decrease in soil productivity and environmental quality.
On the other hand, soil on the same land, but cultivated organically, had a “significantly higher organic matter content, thicker topsoil depth, higher polysaccharide content, lower modulus of rupture and less soil erosion.”
It’s easy to see why more farmers are becoming interested in the organic way of farming, not only to yield more nutritionally dense crops, but to give their land a better chance at survival for years to come.