What’s the best thing about organic farming? There are plenty of positives for the environment, and organic farms also focus on animal welfare, quality products and maintaining the family farm.
However, there’s another plus side of organic farming – that is, no pesticides, synthetic, chemical fertilisers, genetically modified material or antibiotics are used on the land or the animals. This makes organic farming as natural a practice as possible, with minimal side effects for the land, the animals, and the humans who eat the delicious meat!
This concept appears to be catching on across Australia, with IBISWorld recently updating the Pesticide Manufacturing in Australia Industry Market Research Report to reflect changing trends.
According to an April 3 press release, the industry has experienced an annualised fall of 1.5 per cent over the past five years, with revenue expected to fall a further 0.8 per cent over the 2013-2014 period.
The fall in revenue for the Australian pesticide industry is thought to be partly caused by extreme weather conditions such as drought and flooding, as well as tighter industry regulations and the withdrawal of certain active ingredients as a result, in response to rising concerns about pesticide effect on human health.
According to IBSWorld industry analyst Arna Richardson, “as consumer concerns over the use of pesticides within the food chain have increased, so too have industry regulations – particularly as residual detection methods have become more sophisticated”.
The concern over implications of pesticides on human health means organic farming and holistic approaches to pest control are expected to gain momentum and further growth in coming years.
In comparison, the pesticide industry is predicted to remain “constrained” over the next five years through 2018-19, by “increasingly stringent environmental controls, growing consumer distrust and demand for environmentally friendly food.”
If you have had a taste of organic lamb or beef, you’ll know that pesticides aren’t needed for great tasting food. On top of this, it’s healthy, environmentally and all natural – making this just another reason to support the family farm!