The Effects Of Organic Farming On The Environment

1678 Words Oct 7th, 2015 7 Pages
Agriculture has gone through a tremendous change over the last one hundred and fifty years, from family farms to formidable industrial agriculture. Combined with the changes in agriculture, changes have taken place in our environment as well. Industrial agriculture has led to soil degradation, ground water contamination, and prodigious amounts of fossil fuel and water usage. Organic farming is a way to combat these detrimental environmental effects, by avoiding chemical fertilizers and herbicides and taking advantage of biodynamic farming, not only are healthier products be grown, but the environment will be nurtured as well. There has been a surge of local organic farmers and farmer’s markets appearing in towns and cities nationwide. Local organic farming contributes to the community, environment, and local economies as well as to the health of consumers. To understand the concerns associated with industrial agriculture, an understanding of how farming evolved is necessary and will lead to comprehension of how sustainable, organic, locally grown foods should have a place in our lives, as the environment, economy, community and personal health will benefit. Farming in America, has always been vital to our growth as a nation. Farms that produced more than they could use were important for cash and barter. Then having farms large enough to have produce and meat to sale were imperative to free the rest of the population to be able to work in other arenas helping to fuel the…
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