Monday, 19 August 2019

Organic Farming

Until a few months back, I didn't know all the ways even agriculture can have devastating impact on our planet. Agriculture leads to deforestation, biodiversity loss, toxicity due to pesticides, water pollution due to fertilizers and many more. But with a growing population, expansion in agriculture is inevitable. After all, we need to eat to survive.

But let's not forget that we are a very large population with seemingly infinite demand in a very finite world. Earthly resources are limited. So we cannot abuse the environment and expect to grow in number and prosperity at the same time. We have to figure out a way to consume but sustainably, so that we don't run out of food anytime soon.

One of the best sustainable methods of agriculture is organic farming. It uses natural processes and eco system services to produce food while maintaining the environmental integrity. Let's forget the environment for a while. Organic farming is better for our own health as it doesn't use harmful pesticides which have the potential to push us towards a slow agonizing death.

Even then, organic farming products are not that widely popular in most of the countries around the world. The reason is demand and supply both. In absence of consumer demand, farmers don't get enough reason, governments don't provide enough policy incentives or subsidies to farmers to make the switch. And in absence of adequate supply, consumers turn to the easily available products from traditional farms even at the cost of their own health. Only our conscious effort can change this status quo. If we as buyers buy more and more organic products, government and farmers will be compelled to make the necessary changes to meet the increasing demand. 

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