More and more consumers shift to organic products as a healthier and more ethical choice. The rising demand of consumers increases the need for more organic farms, too. Thus, many farmers and agriculturists explore the ability of organic farming to produce more income and profit.
But apart from the financial and health benefits, organic farming also provides so many benefits for the environment.
Maintains Healthy Soil
A study suggests that organic farming builds up more organic soil matter compared to conventional no-till farming. A teaspoon of compost-rich organic soil contains about 1 billion helpful bacteria from 15,000 species.
Prevents Soil Erosion
Soil erosion affects food supply and the people. Through organic farming, the soil will be more enriched. According to a research, organic farm has 8 more inches of topsoil than chemically-treated fields.
Avoids Chemicals and Pesticides
Apparently, organic farming does not use synthetic pesticides and other harmful chemicals that may contribute to environmental pollution.
Conventional farming uses a wide variety of technology, from the manufacture of synthetic fertilizers to farming methods. A study found out that organic farming saves 37 to 74 percent of energy.
Sustains Clean Water
The major contributor of water pollution is runoff from non-organic farms which contain harmful pesticides and other chemicals. Further, organic farming conserves water because it does not need too much irrigation as the soil is healthy.
Supports Animal Health
Organic farming utilizes farmland and natural habitat in raising animals such as pigs, cows, chickens, and fishes. It does not also inject growth hormones and other chemicals that may affect animal health.
The use of pesticides and herbicides harms the endangered species. Insecticides kill the pests and insects which are natural prey for predator species. Humans acquire infectious diseases due to chemically-treated farming. Whereas organic farming plays a critical role in maintaining a healthy biodiversity.
Fight Global Warming
A study suggests that shifting to an organic agricultural system may help in reducing carbon dioxide which contributes to climate change. According to Rodale, converting 10,000 farms to an organic system is equivalent to taking almost two billion cars off the road.
Have you tried organic farming before?