Organic. It seems that you cannot leave your house without hearing the buzz word. But for those in agriculture the word organic can elicit a strong response (either for or against). It seems though, in recent years that organic is not only a healthier option for food production but a more sustainable one in the long run. Today, on our blog we are discussing organic market trends toward organic agriculture and the sustainability of farming’s future.
Organic Agriculture: Historically Speaking
From ancient times, humanity grew and produced goods to not only sustain life but to sell. Our forefathers made their life and their livings on farming. Yet, in recent years, we have seen a shift to a less agriculturally based society to a more “import” based. While our standards of living have risen significantly we must ask ourselves if this is truly a methodology that can be sustained over hundreds of years.
The answer to this is no. Just like oil, if something does not change dramatically, soon our country will be dependent upon foreign nations to feed ourselves. This is a dangerous model. Enter, organic agriculture.
Organic Agriculture: Safer
Organic agriculture is a safer, healthier method from the ground up. Yes, organic agriculture may initially cost more on the production side, but as we see a shift in demand for organic products, we are also seeing a rise in profitability from these products. The cost-benefit analysis of the sustainability of organic agriculture itself is clear.
Organic Agriculture: Supply and Demand
Steadily, by the year, demand for organic agricultural product increases. According to IFOAM and FiBL we continue to see dramatic growth in the billions of dollars for organic producers. There was also a “significant market growth of 11 percent in the United States” making it the world’s largest organic market.
Organic Agriculture: Shift in thinking
As the consumer demands shift, we must also shift our thinking, as growers. Growers must begin to realize that the output from organic efforts may be lower in number but higher in profit. If you think about it, isn’t this potentially the answer that every working person is looking for? Less work more money? Studies have begun to show, that over a period of years, organic growth systems produce equal or LARGER yields than conventional systems.
Organic Agriculture: Transitioning
Organic growers often perceive the transition to organic agriculture production as cumbersome in cost and efforts. But the sustainability of organic growing outfits goes far beyond the products. Products like Everstake are entering the market and making organic growth more cost effective by the day. Organic farms, though lower yield, are far more environmentally friendly that conventional farms. They offer benefits to both the socio-economic and our earth’s ecosystems. Organic farms use far less pesticides which is better for both the earth and the consumer and they reduce carbon emissions dramatically.
In his blog, Doug Gurian-Sherman, with the Organic Consumers Association says it best,
“The challenges of the 21st century demand a fundamental rethink of agriculture that takes environmental harm into account. Promising methods and technologies like organic are in the vanguard of that effort. We cannot afford to move toward the future without such technologies.”
Organic cannot be simply a “trend” in our growing patterns, it should become the new standard and judging by the recent spike in demand trends, it is obvious that the cry for change is here. Are you ready to make a chage toward sustainable, healthier growing? Start from the ground up! Everstake can help you begin to make a change.