In the past decades, researches that focused on the comparison of conventional, GMOs, and organic agriculture have been conducted to assess its effect on the aspect of economics, agriculture, and nutrition.
Organic agriculture does not only concern itself with the absence of toxic chemicals in the production of food, but it also forwards the practice of soil stewardship. It supports the cultivation of good quality of soil and the reduction of weed and pest pressures with the use of a wide variety of techniques such as composting, crop rotations, and cover crops. Through this, nutrients are being put into the soil which increases the living organisms in it, and would eventually nourish the plants and food that we would then consume.
Here are many reasons as to why it is a good idea:
- Cost: Farmers that practice conventional and GMO agriculture are finding it harder to generate income from the method. They experience an increase in the costs of production since special and patented items are required to cultivate the food items, another burden for they feel the need to expand their land. Instead of using new technology to provide ease on our end, these innovations have instead offered more inconvenience for our farmers concerning costs.
- Avoid the use of pesticides: A lot of modern diseases and illnesses are likely to be caused by chemical exposure from our food. Its effect is reflected in infertility, congenital disabilities, cancers, and others. Many harmful chemicals are present in pesticides, which are also harmful to human health.
- Healthier quality of life: In light of the previous reason, this would also allow individuals to maximize their benefits and advantages of eating healthy. Organic agriculture paves the way for healthy soil, which would eventually open the path for healthier food for people.
- Environmental Concerns: It has been decades that scientists have declared that there is an urgency to change our means to save the planet. Greenhouse gases are one of those concerns. Though there are already many technological efforts that help the planet aid the growing problem; however, most of them are just band-aid solutions. The most efficient, intelligent, and long-term solution would be to use nature. Plants are absorbing atmospheric carbon due to photosynthesis. This nature’s mechanism also provides us with the food that we all need.
Ideally, if plants are being cultivated and properly taken care of on a massive scale, its significant contribution in helping eradicate the harmful effects to the planet would also be extensive.