Living a healthy life means eating right and exercising. In the United States, which is currently struggling with a growing obesity epidemic, living healthily can be a challenge. Many people cannot find the time to eat healthy and exercise. Instead, junk food and fast food are chosen because they are quick, easy, and satisfying.
Despite this, there is a growing organic farming movement in the United States. Focusing around growing crops in a responsible, healthy, pesticide and poison free environment, there are a number of pros that have been associated with healthy growing. In opposition to this are a number of cons that affect the practical validity of an all-organic farming model. Lets take a moment to review both the pros and the cons of organic farming.
The Pros of Organic Farming
1. More Nutritious
What defines how nutritious food is? Well, nutrition values are based on the minerals and vitamins in the food. A frequent argument made by those supporting organic farming is that the food that is produced is more nutritious for you. It has minerals and vitamins that are otherwise removed through either genetically modified crops or through various insect and pesticide treatments. By growing things naturally, all natural ingredients are kept and the true health value of the food is persevered for our consumption.
2. Pesticide and Poison Free
Another key point of the pro organic farming movement is the potential negative health affects non-organic farming provides. Pesticides and various poisons used to keep insects away from crops can have a negative affect on people. There are several studies that show a correlation between the use of some chemicals and a rise in cancer rates across the United States. What does it say about our ‘healthy’ crops if you have to wash them or otherwise open yourself up to potential health risks? By going organic, you remove the chance that you are getting dosed with unhealthy chemicals and instead focus on safe produce.
3. Tastes Better
Individuals who support organic farming swear that organic foods taste better. While genetically modified crops and pesticides can lead to larger hauls and more massive fruits and vegetables, it does not necessarily mean that the taste is better. One common comparison is the taste of homegrown strawberries verses those you can buy at a grocery store. The difference is more then noticeable.
4. Lasts Longer
The final point that pro-organic groups make about their produce is that on average, their produce lasts longer on the shelves.
The Cons of Organic Farming
1. Higher Costs Of Production
Organic farming is considered riskier then the non-organic alternative. Though non-organic farming has a number of disadvantages, it will generally provide a greater and more stable yield every year then organic crops. The amount off produce that farmers will get out of organic farms will be less. This means that the farmers will be making less money on their yield, and may even have to raise their prices in order to make a profit back.
2. Higher Costs Of Purchasing
Food in the United States is among the least expensive in the entire world. Like it or not, the average person living on Earth spends significantly more of their average income on food then we do. Organic food represents this. Approximately 20% more expensive then non-organic crops, organic farming means that you will have to spend more on food then you are used to. While for some this is possible, an increase in food prices hurts other people who are just getting by. As a result, organic produce is considered more of a luxury then a necessity.
3. Are benefits Really Calculable?
A final point that many pro genetically modified plant people bring up is that organic verses non-organic is not calculable. While there is research that indicates a difference between these two types of crops, many people do not see the difference as important enough. For example, while non-organic crops may increase the risk of cancer, the increased risk is so low that it is not worth switching. In addition, when considering the need to feed an ever growing population, non-organic groups argue that organic food growth will produce less, be more susceptible to weather change, and even lead to a famine.
Organic farming has a lot going for it. Along with supporting an entire industry of restaurants that serve only the freshest produce, organic farming also sports a number of good reasons why people should only purchase organic goods. On the other hand is an industry of genetically modified and treated crops who argue that the advantages of organically grown food are not as great as we may believe. In the end, it is up to you to decide whether or not organic farming is worth your time and money.