With eating organic, there are a lot of frozen perceptions that have been established that often-times, can muddy up the waters of what it truly means. But, when placed up against what it means to eat food produced with conventional methods, the differences couldn’t be in more stark contrast.
If we truly are what we eat, you might want to think twice before having that next conventionally produced meal.
What’s The Difference Between Organic And Conventional Farming?
Organic farming can be described as an integrated farming system that strives for sustainability, the enhancement of soil fertility and biological diversity while refraining from any use of synthetic pesticides, antibiotics, synthetic fertilizers, genetically modified organisms, and growth hormones.
With conventional farming, which is also known as industrial agriculture, one could read the previous definition for organic farming and just say the exact opposite, just for starters. But a more common definition for conventional farming would be a farming system which includes, on the contrary, the use of synthetic chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, (GMO’s) genetically modified organisms. Conventional farming also deploys concentrated animal feeding operations, intensive tillage and heavy irrigation. Conventional agriculture is extremely resource and energy intensive.
As you can see, the differences truly are in stark contrast. But what does this look like in real-life level application of farming? In looking at the differences between organic and conventional, here are but a few for when growing produce or for livestock, dairy, and eggs on the farm.
3 Differences Between Organic & Conventional Produce
When growing produce, here are 3 differences between organic and conventionally-grown produce:
- Organic produce is grown with natural fertilizers like manure and compost whereas conventional uses synthetic or chemical fertilizers.
- For controlling weeds naturally, organic methods practice crop rotation, mulching, tilling, and hand weeding whereas conventional methods for weed control uses chemical herbicides.
- For controlling pests, organic methods deploy (birds, insects and traps) and naturally-derived pesticides whereas conventional methods use synthetic pesticides.
Differences Between Organic & Conventional Livestock, Dairy, And Eggs
When producing meat, dairy, and eggs, here are 3 differences between organic and conventional methods:
- Livestock are given all organic, GMO and hormone free freed whereas conventional methods give livestock growth hormones to speed up the growth tract as well as non-organic, GMO feed.
- To prevent disease in livestock, organic methods utilize clean housing, rotational grazing, and a healthy diet whereas conventional uses antibiotics and medications.
- Ensuring livestock has access to the outdoors is crucial to organic farming whereas with conventional methods, livestock may or may not have access to outdoors.
An additional overall difference between organic and conventional methods of farming can be seen within the environment. With conventional agriculture being both resource and energy intensive, organic farming, at face value, is much better for the environment.
How Is Organic Farming Better For The Environment?
Here are several different ways organic farming is better for the environment than conventional methods:
- Reduces pollution
- Conserves water
- Uses less energy
- Non-use of pesticides is better for animals and birds as well as the people who work on the farm or live nearby.
Beyond the methods deployed that make up the differences between organic and conventional, what this can mean for you and what you eat is also significant.
Per a recent European Study, organic meat and milk were found to have upwards of 50 percent higher levels of certain nutrients which included omega-3 fatty acids, of which, have been tied to a whole host of health benefits.
Organic Farming Is Who Organic Earthly Delights Is
At Organic Earthly Delights, what’s in our name is more than a trend towards organic farming, it’s a way of life as well as a commitment to supporting you in achieving and maintaining your health. Or, as we had written in a previous blog, “Doing farming the organic way is much more than just how it’s achieved, it’s a movement.”
This commitment can be broken down into 4 key components that define who we are at Organic Earthly Delights.
- Concern for your health
- Quality of all of our lives
- Respect for our Earth
- True sustainability of our food supply
What This Means For You
Organic Earthly Delights is here to support you in your decision to improve the quality of your life, by improving the quality of the food you eat, which will greatly impact the quality of your health!
Our certified organic produce, available throughout Oregon, is grown utilizing no toxic chemicals during growth, harvest, storage or shipping. Yet, the concept of organic farming is far from primitive, it’s actually farming with a vision of our future in mind.
Your quality produce, vegetables, fruit, meat, eggs and cheese is hand selected for you, from only certified organically grown, products and suppliers. Our eggs, cheese and organic groceries are of the highest quality available.
Who Do You Want To Be?
With the differences between organic and conventional being so stark in contrast, it really does come down to one question in that, if you really are what you eat, then who do you want to be?
What’s for dinner?