Organic foods can be difficult or more expensive to grow, more expensive to sell, and the certification process is not always easy or farmer-friendly. So why grow organic food, and why should people buy organic products?
When you grow organic products, you are thinking about the future of your land and not what is best in the short term. You take into consideration the damage that pesticides and other farming techniques will have on the land over a longer period of time and keep artificial chemicals out of your soil. Using organic fertilizers mean less waste and costs less if you have livestock or other biodegradable options available instead of synthetic fertilizer. Organic farming also looks at farming proactively, instead of simply treating problems as they arrive. It takes more forethought but is more beneficial to your property over the long term.A great byproduct of not using artificial chemicals in your pesticides and fertilizer means you don’t contaminate the groundwater. This, again, is good for your land and for any crops you intend to grow in the future. However, there is more to it. By not polluting the groundwater, everyone who lives around your farm also benefits. Another side effect of organic farming is that you actually create habitats for other creatures. While that might sound like a concern, there are actually plenty of beneficial wildlife out there. There are birds that help control the insect population and pollinators like bees that can flourish in an organic farm environment. And unless you’re raising the bees yourself and taking care of them, your wildlife helpers are basically free!
When consumers purchase organic products, they have more of an idea of how their food was grown than if they buy non-organic. They know that their food was grown without synthetic fertilizer. Nothing was treated with pesticides, nor was it grown in soil treated with chemicals. It came from a farm that does not use genetically modified seeds. If they are getting meat from an organic farm, they know that the animals they are eating were fed unmodified grain grown in a sustainable and toxin-free way. They know that the slaughtering and preparation were done without introducing unwanted chemicals into the process. Many people simply prefer organic products because they think they taste better, are more natural, or want to support better farming practices. I tend not to argue with the why as long as they buy enough to keep me in business.
Organic farming teaches you to respect the land and the health of your customers. It teaches you to look at the world with a long-term focus as you make your decisions. I have found that people are willing to pay a little more for good quality food, which is why I originally looked into organic farming. Over the years, I have learned that I benefit from it as well by the better farming practices we have adopted in the organic process. My plan is to remain an organic farm.