Eating Organic Food for Planetary Benefit
When most people hear the term “organic”, they think
of decreased chemical use. In reality, organic agricultural
production involves so much more than that. Organic agriculture is a
fairly strict form of sustainable agriculture; a way of producing
food products without harming the land. Its main goal is to work the
land without preventing future generations from being able to use it
as well. By buying organic products, you’re not only feeding your
family safer food and preventing hazardous chemicals from entering
the environment; you’re also protecting future generations.
Along with water, organic producers also take measures to conserve
soil. This may seem silly because dirt is everywhere, but when crops
are taken care of properly, the soil is their means of life. It
contains beneficial organisms and nutrients, and has the correct
conditions for good growth. When the ground is overworked or
overgrazed by cattle, the soil washes away, and chemicals must be
used to make it right again. The soil that washes away also ends up
in lakes, rivers, water supplies, and other areas where it can be
more of a problem than a benefit.
Organic farmers also conserve energy by using less
fossil fuels. This also cuts down on environmental pollution. As I
already said, these producers work the land less. Since traditional
farm equipment requires gasoline, using this equipment less means
cutting back on fossil fuel usage. Most organic producers also
choose to sell their products locally. This means that the products
don’t have to ship as far and even less fuel is consumed. If more
farmers took these steps, it could drastically cut down on the
amount of carbon pollution there is in the atmosphere.
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