Organic farming is a ‘new wave’ concept that is really not so new at all. In fact, it was the way that everyone farmed until population growth and a demand for lower costs came along. In the name of advancements, we have switched to artificial ways of raising livestock and growing crops that dramatically speeds up the process and decreases the farmers’ work load.
At first, no one was complaining about these new methods, heck– who would? We all like easier and cheaper! Not to mention, with these advancements came more changes, such as the ability for farmers to actually grow perfect looking produce, due to tweaks in the genetic makeup. Once again, no complaints when the tomatoes starting plumping up, becoming redder and rounder. We know what happens every time we go for the quick fix though, trouble soon comes knocking. In order to avoid the pending doom, farmers are one-by-one switching to organic methods of farming.
Using the basic patterns of nature paired with modern technology and knowledge, organic farming is top-notch; it’s the only method currently using modern information in a safe and moral manner. Organic farming looks out for the protection of the environment, now and in the future—just as it sees to the future of our personal health, avoiding the use of pesticides and other potentially dangerous methods.
Organic farming is also about differentiating, not every farm is the same and therefore not every farmer should be either. Using discretion, farmers don’t have to smother their plants in pesticides trying to kill every single bug, instead they use advanced knowledge and years of research we now have to pick and choose their battles. When the fights need to be won, organic farming depends on nature as a friendly tool to fight the elements instead of the chemicals modern farming methods rely on.
The Organic Standard
In order to be an organic farmer one must follow a set of very rigorous standards, far from cheap—these standards are inspected on an annual basis. Farmers that decide to switch to organic methods have to endure a 3 year process before they can sell their produce as FDA approved Organic. Even with all of the extra hassles, organic farmers are not given the same subsidies as non-organic farmers. Perhaps it has something to do with our Government’s ties to Monsanto—the biggest producer of GMO.
Being an organic farmer is a moral choice, they are taking a pay cut and increasing their work load all in order to do what is right for the environment. This makes buying organic about more than just eating healthy food—it’s about supporting the farmers that are making it possible.
Organic farming reduces your risk of exposure to bacteria and other illnesses commonly found in association with non-organic food. Even the water that organic farmers use is different, instead of sewage water, they irrigate with fresh water; this greatly reduces the risk of buying something that ends up being recalled for making people sick due to ‘contamination.’
It’s not just fruits and vegetables being farmed organically, animals can also be raised in an organic fashion. Ones that are, live much happier and healthy lives and after slaughter, they produce meat that provides more nutrients and less risk for illness. Organic meat is raised in ways that allow animals to grow and develop naturally, cows- for example- don’t need growth hormones when they are allowed to roam around all day and eat grass. Non-organic cows are locked in stalls all day, without exercise or hormones they’d be nothing but skin and bone. Farming with modern methods is now being found as counterproductive, food might be cheaper but this quantity is worthless when it packs only half of the nutrients per serving.
We don’t know what our current farming methods are going to do to future insects and surrounding plants and animals. One GMO plant in particular is already thought to be the blame for the decline in the Monarch Butterfly population. Introducing man-made chemicals into the world could be detrimental to a species—since we are all connected, this could result in the extension of who knows what else! If we continue to farm with these environmentally degrading methods we will run into serious problems. We need this earth far more than it needs us, in fact—it would do better without us. In respect of our safe-keeper, we must find ways to live off earth’s fruits without killing our host in the process.