Pesticides & Organic Farming A number of agricultural executives presume that organic farming can increase the world food supply, radically reduce the harm growing foods is causing our environment, and create a healthier standard in which people eat. In recent years, the way in which we live and the studies that have been done on our environment have drastically changed the way in which traditional farming has been done in the past.
Organic farming studies have shown that it increases healthy soil, creates a better surrounding in which we as people live, and has drastically reduced the amount of harmful fertilizers, pesticides, and livestock additives that we are putting into the earth and ozone. There are many problems today which we grow our foods. In the past years, people have really not looked at the amount of damage that they are doing to the soil and the ecosystems in which we live with the traditional ways of farming. Many of the synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and livestock additives in which we use are doing more harm to the soil than one could imagine.
It has been proven that the more of these harmful chemicals that are being dumped into the earth are driving down yields on crops, therefore driving the demand for food up and making prices of our everyday foods sore. (Halweil 2). Organic farming is showing up at an opportune time and getting more and more people hooked every day. Raising our own fruits and vegetables is a much healthier way of getting our food sources than buying from countries overseas. Organic foods have been shown to drive down many different diseases such as diabetes and obesity. (Halweil 3).
Because of the scarce use of fertilizers and pesticides the organic food culture has become very popular with vegetarians and health driven people throughout the world. Although organic farming is becoming more and more popular, studies have been done in Europe and the United Sates showing that those organic farms are about 20 percent less productive than traditional farming. Although the studies have proved true in most cases organic farming has been acknowledged in helping drive down the hungry crises because of the fulfilling demands of the food market. (Halweil 4). There are however some major drawbacks to organic farming.
The costs in which it takes to run an organic farming are rapidly rising. This is making it very difficult for some third world countries to run organic farms with any steadiness. With the growing costs of running organic farms its difficult, and in most cases making it extremely difficult to afford organic foods. The research costs are growing as well. We are still learning new ways to apply pesticides and fertilizers to organic farms. These are very dangerous and complex chemicals that we are using that can cause severe health issues in many populations if we are not careful.
We are also seeing in many cases that organic crops are not being grown with consistency. In many cases farmers are not properly rotating their crops, which in turn will create a surplus of certain foods in some areas and a greater demand for other food that is not being grown. This is why the research is so important. We must find ways to grow the crops without the une feeling of failure because of crop and insect damage. There is also the problem of turning people on to organic foods. Most cases show that organic foods have a bit of a different taste then traditional grown foods and a taste must somewhat need to be acquired.
There are many different solutions to helping grow the organic farming culture. One of the ways to help grow the culture is to figure out ways to cheapen the cost of the farming itself. This is done by science and research. Finding new economical ways in applying pesticides and fertilizers is a must. The better ways we can figure out how to do this the less trial and error will be required and the price of growing the foods will drop. Organic foods have traditionally cost more than the average foods in our modern day grocery store. People need to be educated on how organic foods can help their health and drive down the risks for diseases.
We also need to have strict regulations in place for the ways that organic farms are run. With these regulations in place we can oversee the amounts of different foods that are grown at different times. This will ultimately regulate this surpluses and demands of the different kinds of foods. This will also ensure that farmers are not grossly profiting off of any certain organic food that is grown and will not be able to control the market price themselves. Through research and development we will also be able to minimize the effects we have on our ecosystem and greatly reduce the harm that we are doing to the environments that we live in. Halweil 5). Organic farming can be very instrumental in the future in helping eliminate hunger in poor countries and creating healthier eating habits for the world population. Spreading the word about organic farming and foods can help so many in so many ways. The food industry in our country can make the entire world we live in a better place with little to no effort. They need to get the word out there and then encourage the people to be a little healthier. With just a little education we can stop part of the world hunger problems, become a healthier and disease free race, and drastically improve the conditions that we live in today.