Organic food isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

It turns out eating organic isn’t always that great for the planet, and may only have a marginal effect on your health.

A new study published in the journal Science Advances reports organic farms have the ecofriendly benefit of using fewer pesticides but they also use more land, which is harmful to the planet.

University of British Columbia analyzed organic crop farming across 17 criteria such as yield, impact on climate change, farmer livelihood and consumer health by looking at the existing scientific literature on its results.
They found the environmental benefits of organic farming can be offset by the lower yields of such crops (typically 19 to 25 percent lower than conventional farming).

While an organic farm may be better for things like biodiversity, farmers will need more land to grow the same amount of food.

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5 responses to “Organic food isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

  1. I am not sure I understand why crops using more land isn’t good for the planet. This would prevent urban sprawl and require more farmland in the long run, right? More farmland, means more plants to filter the air and soil to filter the water. Less urban sprawl means less fossil fuel used for transportation. I guess I have to figure out where this article is located. I realize having to have larger farms would be a hardship on our wonderful farmers.

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    • For one thing, land cost, as well as added labor and fuel cost to increase farm size by 25 percent to achieve the same number of pounds of produce. ie., 125 acres V 100 acres.
      The real truth is it is not economically possible to farm anything more than a garden plot not using power machinery to till, plant, cultivate, harvest and transport to market(s).
      Happy Gardening

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  2. I agree with the above comment. It seems that there is always a negative for every positive. Still, I like to grow my own organic vegetables and herbs, but we’re a small farm. I love having organic eggs and fresh vegetables. But, I’m not sure how this the new trend of organic foods will affect our planet overall. For now, I will still choose organic in many foods as I am scared of the possible affects of pesticides. Interesting post!

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  3. There’s a benefit and a drawback to nearly everything.

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