When you’re shopping for food, you may find yourself overwhelmed by all of the options available, and two of most common are “organic” and “sustainable”. If you’re worried about how your foods are grown, and the types of chemicals that might be on them, then you probably try to buy organically-grown foods whenever possible. If you’re worried about global warming, plastic that litters the oceans, and water pollution, you probably look for sustainable farming practices. Is there a way to get both? Actually, yes, since organic farming methods are more sustainable than conventional farming practices.
Soil And Water
Soil and water are two of the most important components to farming, and organic farming practices are safer for both. Conventional, chemical-heavy farming depletes the soul and often involves massive deforestation, which increases runoff and erosion. This runoff often includes the oil-based pesticides that are used on conventional farms, and those can harm the plant and wildlife that lives in and around the local streams. Organic farming practices work to naturally rebuild the soil and limit the fertilizers and pesticides that can be used and subsequently runoff into the water supply.
Fertilizers And Pesticides
The conventional farming industry relies heavily on oil byproducts, not just to fuel the machines that make it easier but also in the form of pesticides and fertilizers. Using synthetic, oil-based pesticides and fertilizers is not a sustainable practice. We are quickly approaching the end of the “oil era” when there won’t be any oil left to make into the products. Organic farming practices do not allow the use of oil-based fertilizers and pesticides. Rather organic farms use natural, sustainable fertilizers.
Conventional farming methods, with their emphasis on chemicals and pesticides, harms biodiversity. Studies have shown that bird species are dying off, as are many types of insects, especially vital pollinators, like bees. Organic farming results in greater biodiversity of both animals and insects. Organic farming also improves the biodiversity of plants and microbes, while traditional agriculture tends to decrease it.
Greenhouse gas emissions are a large contributing factor to global warming. It may come as a surprise, but organic farms actually release fewer greenhouse gas emissions than conventional farms. This is largely due to the health of the soil. A healthy soil layer acts as a carbon sink, storing much of the carbon dioxide released from the farm. Organic farming results in healthier soil, and that soil sequesters more carbon than the soil at a conventional farm.
BAYWATER FARMS HAS THE RIGHT PRODUCE FOR YOU
Baywater Farms is a family-owned and operated farm servicing Baltimore, Washington D.C., Maryland, Delaware beaches, and the Eastern Shore. We are capable of meeting the demands of your produce distributor, restaurant produce supplier, CSA produce supplier, or wholesale produce supplier while maintaining the integrity and character of a small farm. When you work with Baywater Farms, you work with an experienced, ethical, and local farm dedicated to providing the highest-quality heirloom produce possible.