Organic Farming vs. Conventional Farming

We spend some of our time going to the market place to buy fresh fruits and vegetables. We do this to prepare and cook for our family. This is part of our role in taking care of them. However, have we sat down and thought to ourselves if we are feeding them the right food? When we talk about the right food, it is not only limited to healthy and natural meals but it also refers to chemical-free edible stuffs.

The Background

Organic farming has been a part of agriculture since the early centuries when conventional pesticides and fertilizers were not yet invented. During those days, we were only blessed with the knowledge of naturally tilling and cultivating the ground. This was passed down by the previous generation. We were also more into the natural methods of providing supplements as nutrients for our crops. However, due to the fast improvement in technology, more and more farmers and hobbyist in the field of farming are shifting to new farming techniques. They are more convenient, inexpensive, and easy to maintain approaches. They are now widely used in agricultural land development and maintenance. This is the opposite of organic farming.

Health Concerns

As a health conscious individual, we should be very much concerned with what we eat. We must be very meticulous on how it was prepared, cooked, and served. In addition, we must also inquire if it has been planted and reaped without the use of any chemical substances. By doing this, we can avoid the intake or exposure to these harmful elements.

The Differences

There are some minor and major differences between organic and conventional farming that we should know about. First of all, organic farming is the art of cultivating plants, vegetables, and fruits without the use of any chemical substances that can hurt or cause problems to the environment. On the other hand, conventional farming was designed to ease the burden of farmers in the preparation and maintenance of fertilizers, pesticides, and other chemicals used in supporting the cultivation of the crops. Judging from the difference between the two, we clearly see that the former brings more benefits and goodness than the latter. However, when we talk about budget, conventional fertilizers can be more inexpensive than those of the organic ones due to the long term preparations done in order to produce these nutritious substances for our farms. For those who are willing to make their own fertilizers though, they can save more as compared to when purchasing these at organic gardens and shops. The preparation can be quite demanding especially to those who are not used to this kind of stuff. It has a system that needs to be followed in order to successfully accomplish the whole process.

In the end, weighing the pros and cons of both types of farming with their principles and practices really depends on the interest of the person. For those who are into healthy living, I would say that organic farming is the best choice. Farmers who are looking for faster and more convenient practices can go with the conventional path of farming.