Should the US Use Organic Farming?

So, the advantages of organic farming are as follows: First of all, it is traditionally supposed to produce natural food without artificial chemical additives that make such food much more attractive for a person who cares about his/her health because it is well known that pesticides often used in chemical farming may be very dangerous not only for human health but also for an environment where people live. Organic farming traditionally uses manure, different composts, and other natural products.

Secondly, it fertilizes the soil and in such a way makes it more convenient for farming. It is especially important because on using chemicals or other conventional means of farming the condition of soil may be seriously deteriorated. Nowadays it is already a problem how to restore the productivity of lands that were exhausted by pesticides and risk being destroyed if such methods of farming won’t be stopped. Also, organic farming provides for a diversity of plants while large farms where pesticides and other chemicals are used mainly have only one plant because it is more profitable for them as they don’t need to waste money on using different artificial materials depending on a sort of plant. The nature of organic farming demands such diversity because it is needed for higher productivity of the land.

One more positive aspect of organic farming is the fact that cattle and poultry on such farms are fed by natural food and the use of any chemicals such as antibiotics is highly restricted and their use is exceptional. Unlike conventional farming, organic farming treats them naturally. It means that they have natural conditions of life and they grow in normal conditions. It guarantees that the products of organic farms will be safe and healthy.

As for the economical aspect, organic farming does not receive any financial help from the government, unlike conventional farming which is subsidized and supported using various special terms of work. Though organic farming is still quite expansive, even if farmers do not buy synthetic pesticides and other chemicals for their farms.

Finally, though it seems a bit paradoxically organic farming does not use some achievements of modern science. Among them, we can name genetically modified organisms. Though they are permitted to be grown on some farms in the USA the effect they produce on nature and human life is vague and not clear. This lack of knowledge about their effect makes products that are genetically modified unpredictable and potentially dangerous. All these facts contribute to the fast development of organic farming and the growth of its popularity as well as the growth of interests from the part of the ‘big’ agribusiness. It makes organic farming a very prospective branch of American agriculture that sooner or later could compete with conventional farming.


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