Sustainability - Organic Farming
We've introduced our range of organic spices in their new SpicePucks to both help home-chefs to become even better chefs, while also positively impacting the environment. We are posting a series of blogs discussing the environmental impact of our products.
Today’s story is about organic farming versus chemically enhanced farming….
The environmental impact of organic versus non-organic farming is well-researched and very significant. The benefits are surprisingly multi-fold:
By using only organic spices and herbs, we completely avoid the need for pesticides and chemicals in the first place. Therefore, chemicals do not get into the environment and potentially become an issue downstream. Even better, there is less manufacturing of chemicals and pesticides reducing the need for manufacturing facilities as well as manufacturing of pesticide ingredients (the pre-curser materials).
According to the USDA (US Dept. of Agriculture), organic farming supports healthier soil due to the quantity and variety of bacteria in compost-rich organic soil versus chemically treated soil
Surprisingly organic soil reduces erosion since organic soil remains much thicker than fertilized soil, therefore reducing wash-out and other erosion loss.
Organic farming typically correlates with better water management (use of less water), better water filtration (groundwater replenishment with clean, high quality, non-polluted water), in addition to the already mentioned reduced water runoff.
Even better, organic soil also absorbs and stores more carbon than non-organic soil. This further helps to slow down global warming, creating an unexpected worldwide benefit.
Organic farming and cleaner water result in more biodiversity, reducing plant and animal disease and pests. There is even an argument to be made that biodiversity somewhat reduces the impact of bad weather (more drought resistance on one side and more flood absorption capabilities on the other side).
The larger biodiversity also enables healthier animal life across the whole animal food chain (beginning with less algae growth due to absence of chemical fertilizer runoff), all the way to the top predators or scavengers (think bold-headed eagle and California condor, both which were pushed to the brink, or beyond, by fertilizers such as DDT, other man-made substances, and lead). More predatory animals tend to help with natural pest control. Beyond wild animals, the health and quality of farm animals also measuredly improves.
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