How Does Organic Farming Help the Environment?
In recent years, we’ve seen an explosion of organic foods in supermarkets and restaurants. Many consumers see organically farmed products as healthy and ethical choices, but one of the most beneficial aspects of the organic movement is the positive impact on the environment. Here are just a few of those benefits:
- Reducing contamination in the soil and water supply. The organic farming process uses limited or no pesticides, and thus reduces the chance of the harmful environmental effects these chemicals can cause, including contamination of the soil and groundwater.
- Preserving wildlife. Pesticides used in growing common crops like corn, cotton, soybeans, and fruit have been found to have high toxicity in many animals, from fish to birds. Pesticides can kill not only the pests they target, but their natural enemies as well.
- Combating erosion. Studies comparing organic fields to chemically treated fields have shown significantly more topsoil in the organic field, along with one third of the erosion loss. Erosion issues have serious effects on the land and food supply.
Even beyond these environmental benefits, organically farmed foods are good for your body, too. The absence of additives and chemicals reduces health risks associated with synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides. Organic farming practices also ban the use of certain antibiotics and hormones that have been linked to increased cancer risk.
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