By Michelle Pugle
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Organic agriculture works with Mother Earth to ensure a positive balance that benefits our collective future. The relationship began in order to feed the billions of people on the planet and nourish the environment. After all, it’s our home, and conventional agricultural practices are devastating her. We care. We want to lower our household footprint and do our part to live in harmony with the planet.
We’ve been told organic farming is lower-impact and avoids the use of toxic pesticides, fungicides, salts, and heavy metals. Intuitively, we know an organic lifestyle is a sustainable one. But how exactly does going organic help the planet?
It improves soil quality
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Organic agriculture reuses organic materials as compost fertilizer. The natural nourishment feeds the soil and boosts fertility. The improved quality means higher yields and less soil erosion.
It protects groundwater reserves Conventional farming destroys groundwater health. The synthetic fertilizers and pesticides leach into the soil and poison what’s beneath. The process harms the soil and plants adapt to the ever-increasing level of chemicals necessary to produce high yields.
Organic farming uses organic materials like manure as input resources, meaning the soil becomes stronger and can feed the plants a wholesome diet. Less fertilizers and pesticides are needed, further lowering the environmental impact.
It increases biodiversity
The soil we grow our food in, the waters we farm fish in, and the fields we pasture our animals in are alive. How we farm these vulnerable spaces directly impacts the level of biodiversity.
Organic farms operate with the entire ecosystem in mind. They increase biodiversity in more ways than one: through adding organic materials to the soil, introducing native pests when necessary, and crop rotation and companion planting.
It offsets the greenhouse effect responsible for global warmingConventional farming uses large-scale agrochemicals produced by burning fossil fuels. We all know burning fossil fuels when clean alternatives abound is a silly mistake—one that we’re already paying for. Organic farming offsets this in a beautiful way. You see, one of the perks of improved soil quality is a greater ability to store carbon.
When you go organic, you use your purchasing power for good. You become part of a global community reducing their impact through lifestyle.