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Organic Food

Organic is Good for the Environment

Long Term Impact: While production and change seem to happen rapidly these days, when it comes to our environment it is more important to keep an eye on the long term impact because our planet is constantly changing and what might seem like a minimal issue one day could have chaotic results down the road. One of the key points to the Organic Food Industry is that their goal is to produce food while at the same time creating and establishing a balance in the ecosystem to prevent or reduce harmful environments like soil infertility or pest problems. What makes the idea of Organic Agriculture such a hot topic is their proactive approach to producing better quality produce as opposed to the reactive approach that is currently running the agricultural industry.

Soil: Well, to start with, you need a good foundation. You will need to find soil that produces the proper chemical balance for the crop you plan on growing, once you have found you ideal soil, you will need to begin with creating good soil building practices. Good soil building practices are what is going to help you maintain the nutritional value of the ground you are working in and it is a fine balance of give and take. Examples of good soil building practice are utilizing Crop Rotations, Inter-Cropping, Cover Crops, Minimum Tillage, Symbiotic Associations and using Organic Fertilizers. By putting good soil practices to use, the soil nutrients and energy cycling is increased drasticly allowing for longer use and more bountiful harvest. When the soil is take care of, it produces more nutrients for the plants to absorb and increases the water intake, when this occurs, it acts as its own non-mineral fertilizer. Healthy and nutrient rich soil is also more resistant to soil erosion. The richer the soil, the greater the biodiversity and the harder it is for it to lose it's nutritional value and allowing soil productivity to enhance more and more over time. Occasionally additional supplements are needed to get soil up to a level where it can eventually sustain itself. The supplements are organically based and cosist of either a mix or stand alone of calcium, potassium, magnesium, and phosphate.


Water: One of the biggest issues with the water in most agricultural areas is pollution and contamination of peticides and synthetic based fertilizers. Due to their harmful nature and the impact they have on the growing crops, both pesticides and synthetic fertilizers are banned from the Organic Industry.  How do Organic Produce Farmers compensate for the loss of these "essential" tools? They use natural and less harmful products of the environment that are often times also considered to be organic in nature. Organic Ferilizers are almost completely made up of animal matter and vegetable matter. When coupled with the use of soil suppliments, these items can be a valuable asset in that they lack the chemical compounds that result in polluted ground water.

 

Air Quality: By utilizing the Organic method of growing produce, the use of fossil fuels being produced is significantly decreased allowing for an decrease in the greenhouse effect and even global warming due to the carbon build up in the soil. An increase in the carbon levels of the soil will raise productivity significantly. When plants do well, they contribute to producing cleaner air creating an overall clearer air quality.

 

GMOs: In order for a product to be labled as truely Organic, it must be intentionally GMO free. Genetically Modified Organisms are used in most foods these days, despite the frequency and duration of GMO use, we still don't have a complete understanding of the negative affects on the Environment as more and more information comes to light each day. Since the process of adding GMOs has become such a staple in the agricultural world, it is nearly impossible to create an organic product that is completely GMO free since it can be administered environmentally such as via pollenation. with an increase in Organic farming a decrease in GMO contamination should be visible in the next few years.

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