The Big Controversy over Organic Farming

By Carroll Colette J. Yorgey

The biggest controversy related to organic farming is that it competes with traditional pesticide farming. Traditional pesticide farming is practiced by conglomerate corporate farms that have bought out local farms. The priority of conventional corporate farms is yield and production to fuel higher profits.

Corporate farming

The bottom line of these corporate farms is not the health and well-being of you or the planet, but profit. Profit doesn’t care about people or the Earth, so profit dictates the use of conventional farming methods as opposed to organic and sustainable farming practices.

Corporate farms are worried that organic farming will take over and they will no longer thrive and profit. To this end, they make every effort to dispel the knowledge that organic farming is better.

Corporate farming, since it relies on conventional methods of farming, causes erosion, desertification, and water pollution.

How corporate farming causes erosion

Corporate farms use up the land by planting the same crop over and over again in the same soil until the soil is depleted of nutrients and can no longer grow anything. The land is then abandoned for more lucrative land. Once the land is abandoned and left to weeds or left uncultivated it will begin to erode with successive rainfalls.

How corporate farming causes desertification

If the land is left without vegetation to the elements and too much rainfall, it will eventually turn into desert. Desertification is happening to many local farms in third world countries, contributing to extreme hunger and starvation, disease, and loss of lifestyle.

How corporate farming causes water pollution

Agricultural runoff eventually gets into rivers and streams and causes contamination. Without an organized effort to remove animal feces from the land it becomes methane gas and seeps into the groundwater and aquifers. Rivers, streams, wetlands, groundwater, and aquifers supply fresh drinking water for people and animals.

How corporate farming contributes to poverty, climate change, and global warming

Without the use of sustainable farming practices, the land begins to be depleted of its natural nutrients and foods can no longer be grown in local areas. Without adequate local foods, imported food becomes the norm, which buys into corporate farming. Imported food causes higher prices due to transportation costs, and also increases fossil fuel emissions and thus contributes to global warming and climate change.

Why people don’t trust organic food

The controversy is that organic food is strange and different and might not be good for you. Yet organic food is grown the way food was always grown before World War II, during which soldiers learned how to use pesticides in the jungles. The practice of traditional pesticide farming was conceived after the war as a new way to make money, and then instituted by large corporations. Since the practice of traditional pesticide farming began along with industrialization, it is increasingly found that many of the farming practices used since World War II are helping to destroy the planet with outcomes of widespread poverty and food deprivation around the world, as well as global climate change.

Some worry that the price of organic food is higher than other food and that it might not be worth it to purchase organic food. Why pay more for your food if you can purchase it for less? However, in many cases, locally grown organic foods, and especially fresh produce, are either less expensive or about the same price as other foods, if you make a cost comparison. Organic foods that are packaged or shipped in from distant areas are more expensive.

However, even if organic foods are more expensive, in the long run they will still be less expensive, if one considers the health benefits such as less medical costs due to eating pure foods that will not cause disease.

In conclusion, it is important to understand that organic farming and eating organic foods are the better choices for increased health and well-being; and that corporate or conventional farming seeks to destroy the organic farming industry in order to yield higher profits. When corporations become too large, the human element disappears, and the corporation builds a life of its own devoid of human interaction.

The corporate farm has created the controversies about organic foods and farming. The corporate farm just doesn’t care about the health and well-being of the people or planet Earth.

Copyright © 2018 Carroll Colette J. Yorgey. Edited and used with her permission.

Image by Zeynel Cebeci, licensed under CC Share-alike license.