There are many differences between conventional farming methods and organic farming methods. You might not know much about them, because they’re not necessarily widely spoken about in the media.
Knowing the reality of what makes organic food different to conventionally-grown and farmed produce might help you make more informed decisions about what you put into your body.
Conventional chemicals vs nature and nurture
Conventional farming relies on chemical fertilisers that are made from fossil fuel derivatives, according to Sustainable Table.
On the other hand, organic farming uses strategies such as crop rotation, companion planting, hand weeding and animal grazing to make sure crops survive without resorting to chemical means.
Hormones vs harmony
Animals raised to provide organic meat are fed organic produce, and will not consume any antibiotics or hormones. In addition to this, there are strict regulations governing animal welfare, such as the kind of conditions in which the animals must be raised so you know they haven’t been subject to suffering.
On the other hand, animals that are being conventionally farmed will be exposed to hormones and antibiotics, and their living conditions may be extremely poor. They may be raised in what’s known as ‘factory farmed’ in small enclosures indoors. Here they only ever see artificial light, are at risk of weak bones that break extremely easily and are left untreated, and are fattened as quickly as possible.
Environmental burden vs eco friendly appetites
Conventionally farmed produce can have a negative impact on the surrounding environment. For example, chemicals used in the farming process can pollute the soil and water. Not only that but certain methods of farming and raising livestock may produce more greenhouse emissions.
Natural meat and produce, on the other hand, won’t be genetically modified in any way or exposed to any chemical intervention.
Now that you know the difference between organic and conventional, what sounds more appetising?