Benefits of Organics - Long-Term ViabilityIt's easy to see that organic agriculture is the only viable solution for the sustainability of our long-term food supply.
It's healthy and safe.
It fosters fertile soil for future crops.
It has no negative impact on our groundwater or oceans.
It promotes biodiversity and healthy eco-systems.
And finally, it yields the same – if not more – output.
Organic farm yieldsCurrently, statistics show that organic farms' yields average about 95% of conventional farms' yields.
It's a matter of investing the same time and research on optimizing organic farm practices that we do on conventional practices. Even allocating a small percentage of the USDA research fund to organic farming could help organics reach their full potential.
In a study by the Rodale Institute, results have shown that after 15 years, "organic methods are as efficient, economical and financially competitive as conventional methods, and better for the soil and the environment."
The organic crops performed as well as, and sometimes better than, conventionally grown crops. Especially during drought years, organic crops outperformed conventional crops of the same type.
Organics in developing countriesHelping developing countries choose crops that naturally thrive in their specific environment and teaching them to use natural fertilizer and pest control methods yield the highest outputs and creates the most fertile soil for the future.
Organic agriculture is less expensive for these farmers to operate and maintain as well. They don't need to buy expensive engineered seeds, they don't need to purchase and manage chemicals, and they avoid costs of conventional pesticide clean-up.
Organic farming allows less-fortunate countries to maximize their output while conserving their health and environmental resources.