Everybody eats. There is no single activity we engage in that has a greater impact on the environment. The way we produce food is completely intertwined with the health of our planet. Our food purchasing decisions directly affect soil, water and air quality.
Organic farms protect our water resources
Pollution caused by chemical fertilizers is known to cause algae bloom in freshwater ecosystems, destroying habitats. In Organic agriculture, the elimination of polluting chemicals and nitrogen leaching, done in combination with soil building, protects and conserves water resources.
Organic producers strive to preserve biodiversity
Loss of a large variety of species is one of the most pressing environmental concerns. Organic farming protects pollinators such as bees, preserves habitats and promotes biodiversity on the farm and in the local environment. Many organic growers preserve heritage seeds and produce a wide variety of crops.
Organic farmers build healthy soil
Soil is the foundation of the food chain. The primary focus of organic farming is to use sustainable practices that build healthy soil microbiology and prevent erosion, creating a legacy of safe, fertile land that can provide for future generations.
Source: Canadian Organic Grower’s Association: www.cog.ca