Why Is Organic Better for the Environment?

Most conventional farming methods used today adhere to a chemical-dependent model of agribusiness. Residues from conventional farming methods use toxic chemicals that remain in the soil, leach into groundwater, and frequently end up either on the skin or become internal constituents of commercially grown foods. The predominant use of this model has resulted in adversely affecting the earth’s environment and the health of its inhabitants. For example, animals are harmed by drinking the chemicals that end up in their water, or eating them in their food. Furthermore, conventional methods have adversely affected:

  • Soil quality
  • Water purity
  • Biodiversity
  • Safety and health of farm workers
  • Survival of small and family farms
  • Connection to the land
  • Taste and quality of foods

Organic farming is seen as the alternative to chemical/conventional farming. It is often inaccurately and simplistically described as farming without the use of pesticides. More accurately, it is a method of farming which partners with nature rather than altering or controlling natural processes, which includes:

  • Absence of use of dangerous synthetic pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers
  • Improving soil quality
  • Conserving and keeping up water quality
  • Encouraging biodiversity
  • Minimalizing the health and occupational hazards to farm workers
  • Maintaining a restorative and sustainable biosystem
  • Using recycled products from other industries that would otherwise go to waste