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12 Ways How Organic Food Benefits The Environment

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It is no secret that consuming organic food is great for you. And when I say organic food, I am referring specifically to organic food you grow and/or rear yourself, or is directly from an organic farmer.

Ok, to a little extent, the organic stuff you buy in the stores is alright for now.

Nevertheless, I don’t know if you realize that when you consume organic food, you are doing many things at once. Yes many things are happening –from giving you nutrition to helping to protect the environment.

Where protecting the environment is concerned, I am going to highlight twelve (12) ways how organic food benefits the environment.

Please note that the benefits received by the environment from organic food Is primarily through organic farming and gardening and not just the organic food itself.


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The twelve (12) benefits are:


Stops soil and water contamination

Because organic farming does not use synthetic chemicals, there is no leaching of substances into the soil and eventually into streams, rivers, underground water, and so on. As a result, organic farming helps to stop soil and water contamination.


Reduces soil erosion

In organic food production, the soil is not left bare. It is either being used, left with cover crops (plants grown to enrich and protect the soil) on it, or left in fallow (uncultivated land).

Where Cariporter Organic Farm is concerned, only the area being used has vegetation removed and replaced with crops. So the rest of the land is left in its natural state.

So because there is always plant life on the land, it is not easy for the wind to blow away the top part of the soil (considered the topsoil) which is usually the most fertile, so reducing soil erosion.


Reduce disease resistance

For users of synthetic chemicals, almost every year they have to use more and/or stronger artificial chemicals, as the ones they have been using before become less effective. This decrease in effectiveness is usually as a result of diseases becoming resistant, which results in more ailments in plants, etc.

So with the non-use of manufactured chemicals, organic farming helps to reduce the build-up in disease resistance.


Preserve wildlife

Part of organic farming is working with nature. As such, less stress and destruction of natural habitats occur, which ensures wildlife such as birds, deer, etc. still have their homes where they can continue to thrive.


Helps maintain soil biology

As a result of organic food production, soils normally have more natural matter that allows soil organisms such as worms, good nematodes, fungi and so on to thrive.

These soil organisms along with the nutrients in the soil helps to produce better crops and ultimately higher quality food.


Helps prevent global warming

Because many organic farmers distribute their food locally, it reduces harmful gas emissions into the air such as carbon monoxide from vehicle discharge. This helps to mitigate against global warming.


Helps to reduce dependence on non-renewable resources

Because organic food production does not require agrochemicals such as synthetic fertilizers, herbicides and weedicides (which usually have ingredients made from oil), it reduces dependence on non-renewable resources such as oil.


Helps to reduce greenhouse gases

Because organic farming uses practices such as having cover crops, doing crop rotation, etc. they help to sequester carbon in the soil. This taking away of carbon from the air and putting it in the ground helps the soil, and obviously reduces the amount of carbon in the atmosphere so lessening the greenhouse effect and global warming. 


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Helps to conserve biodiversity

Organic food production involves the use of more natural means and the exclusion of synthetic chemicals, which helps to keep plants, organisms (such as good nematodes) and animals intact, while allowing them to thrive in their own habitat.

As a result, biodiversity is being maintained.


Conserves water

Organic agriculture uses practices such as mulching to retain water by reducing evaporation, as well as the increased organic matter in the soil that allows the ground to retain more water. This results in farmers using less water and doing less irrigation so helping to save water.


Reduces eutrophication

It is normal for there to be run offs from the land into water bodies such as rivers, streams, lakes and the ocean. So it is great to know that organic farming does not involve the use of synthetic chemicals, so ensuring such substances do not enter our waterways via run offs. This is because, this additional nutrient can cause excessive growth of plants in the water which may reduce the amount of oxygen in the water, and increase death of living things such as fish and other marine life.

The excess nutrient, which leads to excess growth is known as eutrophication, that can lead to the death of marine life. It can also lead to death of humans if they get into contact with the source of the excess nutrient which are run offs from the land such as synthetic chemicals and/or sewage.

So organic farming is a great way of reducing eutrophication.


Supports animal and organisms’ health

Organic agriculture does not include the use of synthetic chemicals. It also reduces the destruction of natural habitats, and so on.

All these mentioned above and more help to ensure animals such as deer, cows, etc., and organisms such as butterflies and bees can live and experience less negative impacts such as being ill, or the threat of extinction for living things such as bees.

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