Many of you eat organic food because it’s mouth-watering and delightfully tasty . Some of you might eat because your strict diet plans demand it, or to avoid any chemical in your food. “I would like to see people more aware of where their food comes from. I would like to see small farmers empowered”- Anthony Bourdain. A famous author, television personality and chef, Anthony Bourdain got it right. Have you ever wondered where your food comes from and how it got there? There are various advantages of organic farmed food over conventional food. Organic food has no chemicals or fertilizers, which not only maintains your health, but also protects the environment from harsh chemicals that other farming methods use. They are not tasteful always. Have different taste than the fruit and vegetables filled in the market.
Organic Farming vs. Conventional FarmingThere are various benefits of organic farming over its alternatives. For instance, take a look at some of the adverse effects of conventional farming that organic farming skips over: Greenhouse gases like methane, ozone and carbon dioxide are released in the atmosphere, which badly affects the environment Insecticides and pesticides are used excessively, which leads to climate change Artificial sweeteners, preservatives, colors and flavors that are added to enhance the taste of food also destroy its nutrient value Organic farming, on the other hand, relies on natural methods of farming to produce healthy food. It uses animal waste, aquatic waste and farm waste to enrich the soil, and relies on organisms like big-eyed bugs and minute pirate bugs to kill pests that harm crops. Organic agriculture provides management practices that can help farmers adapt to climate change through diversifying crop & livestock production and building farmer’s knowledge base to prevent changes in climate. – Excerpt from Organic Agriculture and Climate Change (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) Organic farming is a traditional farming method that’s been used since ancient times to raise crops while maintaining the health of the soil and the environment to produce healthy food.
Organic farming methods depend on natural ways of farming that safeguard the environment. For example:
- Animal waste is used to increase the health of the soil as well as to provide nutrients that enhance its quality
- For weed management, there are various techniques similar to conventional farming that rely more on non-chemical methods for controlling unwanted weeds
- Insects like big-eyed bugs, minute pirate bugs, and sometimes ladybugs are used to kill a wide range of pests
- Crop rotation and nutrient management are some of the practices used to protect crops and soil
So, What’s the Main Problem?Although more than 30% of the world’s organic producers are in India, most of these are struggling because of poor policy measures, rising input costs, and limited markets. According to a study of the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), even after organic produce reaches the markets, consumers still find them expensive and discouraging. They further explain that Rs 1,000 – Rs 1,500 are the average additional expenses for consumers who switch to healthy organic food. Apart from this, less awareness of the advantages of organic farming comprise the primary factor causing a hindrance in the growth of organic food in India.
For the Sake of the Animals!If you’re an animal lover, you should know the harmful effects toxic pesticides have on these innocent creatures:
- Pesticides causes sexual abnormalities in frogs
- They cause memory loss, navigation disruption, paralysis and death in Bees
- They also impair breeding success in birds, and lead to physical malformations
- And even disrupt the nervous system, respiratory system, and digestive system of cats and dogs