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TOP 10 BENEFITS ORGANIC HAS ON THE ENVIRONMENT

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As you might already know, going organic has many benefits – from personal such as an improvement in your health, to your surroundings, such as reducing global warming. So in essence, going organic can allow us to all have a great and wonderful life.

In an effort to highlight more of the positive effects organic has on the environment, this list was created to focus on a few:

WATER

Because organic farms practice composting, crop rotation, intercropping, maintaining hedgerows and field margins, among other things, they inevitably use less water. This is especially so, as the soil in organic farm operations retain more water, and therefore less is loss from run offs.

PRESERVE GENETIC MATERIAL

In organic farming, genetically modified organisms (GMO) are not allowed, so the hereditary information for plants, animals and organisms can continue to be as pure and true as possible.

GENETIC DIVERSITY

Protecting and conserving the environment is an essential part of organic agriculture. This is done by not using synthetic chemicals, by composting, maintaining hedgerows and field margins, etc. These actions allow genetic diversity to continue such as more plants, animals and organisms being alive, as well as, indigenous plants, animals, and organisms are able to continue their existence.

Examples of indigenous plants, animals and organisms in Canada are the green alder (other names are alnus viridis crispa, American green alder, mountain alder, tag alder), Canada lynx (lynx Canadensis), and the short-tailed butterfly.

Canada lynx, image by Canadian Geographic

Short-tailed butterfly , image by Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility

Green Alder, image by Evergreen Brick Works


HEALTHIER AND NUTRIENT RICH SOILS

Healthier, more resilient and nutrient rich soils are created through organic food production by practices such as using legumes for nitrogen fixation, minimum or no tillage, not using artificial chemicals, and proper land management, just to highlight a few.

REDUCE GLOBAL WARMING

As a result of composting in organic agriculture, the soil is able to keep or hide away lots of carbon. Therefore, organic farming can help to reduce global warming. This was proven by the Compost Utilization Trial (CUT) done by the Rodale Institute.

REDUCE SOIL EROSION AND THE LOSS NUTRIENTS

In organic farming, having cover crops over parts of the land that is not in use or is bare, is one of the many practices that helps to prevent soil erosion and the loss of nutrients.

PROTECTS AND PRESERVES WILDLIFE

Organic food production involves among other things, the use of natural enemies of pests as part of its pest management. This helps to eliminate the use of chemicals which ensures wildlife is not harmed and continues to flourish.

PROTECT AND PRESERVE BIODIVERSITY

Normally when synthetic chemicals are used as herbicides and pesticides, they not only kill their intended targets, but they also kill other living things such as bees, birds, indigenous plants, etc. So with organic farmers not using these substances, biodiversity can continue to thrive.

REDUCE SOIL AND WATER CONTAMINATION

Organic agriculture helps to reduce soil and water contamination. This is done by not using artificial chemicals such as synthetic fertilizers, which are harmfuland known to run off into waterbodies such as rivers and lakes. Also, these dangerous substances may leach into the soil down to the ground water so poisoning it.

SUSTAINABILITY

Because of practices in organic food production such as composting, maintaining hedgerows and field margins, intercropping, natural pest management, crop diversification, not using harmful chemicals, etc., they help to protect and preserve the surroundings. This creates a balance with nature that ensures sustainability.