For years most people have been under the impression that dangerous practices employed by traditional farming methods are acceptable, and they didn’t realize how toxic chemicals used for farming can affect them. Fast forward to the information age where you can find billions of years of human knowledge at your fingertips, and we are finding a connection between toxins and human illness. In an effort to combat this and live healthier lifestyles, we have turned to Organic farming which scientist have already deemed to have better benefits for the human body.
Traditional farming methods utilize synthetic pesticides and water-based fertilizers; on the other hand Organic farms let nature take a leading role, and is typically associated with crop rotation, manure, and compost. Centered on holistic ecologically based principles; these techniques use the natural state of the environment to improve efficiency. Despite being much healthier for the environment, natural farming has stricter international regulations than customary farming in many nations. On top of that these rules are verified by a third-party. Furthermore, demand for Organic food has grown from next to nothing to 55 billion in four years. Naturally this increase in demand leading to a need for more farmland.
Why Organic farming? Organically grown produce is safer than conventional produce and contamination is significantly reduced. Especially for children who are more prone to sickness because they have a less developed body than adults do. In addition to health concerns, elimination of pollution and chemicals in the organic process allows healthy and great tasting harvest to grow. Many people believe that organic food taste better.
Several studies have confirmed the health benefits of organic food which include an increase in vitamin C, magnesium, and phosphorus. Statistics also show when eating organic plants; resistance molecules appear in human bodies that protect against various diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Unlike recent studies that state there are no differences in these two practices of farming.
Organic farming is absolutely necessary in the fight against chemicals and pesticides in the food supply. Judging by the numbers in the past four years this farming method is here to stay, and we will likely see the number of Organic farms quadruple over the coming years. The more people educate themselves on the benefits the harder it will be for other farmers to keep up with the pace. The extraordinarily high demand will overtake the industry and force a change.