Can organic farming really feed the world? This is a question that has been pondered for decades and one that is not without controversy. On one side we have scientists whose funding comes from GMO companies like Monsanto saying that it can’t and on the other we have organic farming operations proving that it can.
Organic farming can provide enough food for the world’s booming population and also is safe for the environment. This benign method of farming starts at the core by protecting and regenerating the water and soil that make organic farming products so much better for us.
In contrast, industrial farming which uses chemicals that are harmful to all living things, causes immense harm to the environment costing over three trillion dollars per year in damages. The horrific results of industrial agriculture practices can be found in the poisoning and depletion of water resources and aquifers, massive soil erosion, dead zones in the oceans such as the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as major increases in greenhouse gases which impact global warming.
One can also look at the issue as it relates to long term sustainability. Organic farming is sustainable just as it has been practiced by Indigenous people all over the planet for thousands of years. Industrial farming is not, it is poisoning the soil and the water we need to survive in addition to killing creatures like bees that are needed for food production.
Organic farming uses far less energy while at the same time protecting beneficial insects such as bees and offering a bio diverse environment for many plants and animals to thrive in. Because organic farming increases the capacity for the soil to retain water as well as strengthening the structure of the soil organic farms are more resistant to major weather events such as floods and droughts.
While the environmental benefits of organic farming are easily seen what many are unaware of is the fact that it is also more profitable for farmers and helps to support local economies. In one particular study conducted in the United States it was found that there were higher median household incomes and lower poverty levels in counties that had more organic farming operations.
It is very important to do your own research as well as dig into those behind the research to know the facts on organic farming and its benefits. The chemical companies that produce the pesticides and other chemicals used in industrial farming as well as the GMO companies such as Monsanto spend untold millions of dollars on lobbying as well as false propaganda against organic farming.
It is time that we ignore the greed and lack of conscience shown by these Agrichemical interest groups and show the world that it can be fed organically in a way that is safe and sustainable for the environment. We must do all we can to eliminate chemical pesticides and fertilizers, growth hormones and antibiotics; all of which end up in our water supplies. In addition we must make a concerted effort to push against the use of GMO seeds.
More people than ever are seeking organic farming products resulting in an increase of over 300% in organic farms over the last 15 years. The public is becoming more and more aware about the dangers of chemicals used in industrial farming while at the same time learning how beneficial organic farming is.
At the time of this post the United States government is pushing for job growth yet while the United States consumes almost half the organic farming products grown globally, less than one percent of the crops in the United States are certified as organic! There is an enormous opportunity not only to put people to work but also to rely less on imports. The organic farming market is worth nearly $50 billion in the United States alone, it’s time that politicians recognize this and put more money into research and subsidies for organic farms.
At the Tree of Life Foundation we are committing to helping provide assistance and education all over the world to establish veganic organic farming communities as well as help the people to be healthier by eating organically farmed foods.