Economic and Environmental Benefits of Global Organic Production
Although organic production as an entity is controversial, it is gaining momentum across the world in terms of sales. Organic foods have become more popular as people become more concerned about what it is they are consuming. This increased demand for organic products has lead to organic production on a global scale. With an increase in global organic production have come many benefits both economically and environmentally.
Organic agriculture's aim is, 'to augment ecological processes that foster plant nutrition yet conserve soil and water resources. Organic systems eliminate agrochemicals and reduce other external inputs to improve the environment and farm
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Benefits of organic production are numerous. In regards to economic concerns, farmers across the world are forced to pay large amounts of money for pesticides on a yearly basis. For instance, ?the estimated environmental and health care costs of pesticide use at recommended levels in the United States run about $12 billion every year? (Pimental, et al). This is just in the United States and organic production eliminates this sort of pesticide use. This means it?s saving the farmer money but it is also probably saving the consumer money by buying organic products because it cuts down on their health care costs. Also, economic costs come in the form of soil erosion for farmers and the world. Right now, ?the estimated annual costs of public and environmental health losses related to soil erosion exceed $45 billion? (Pimental, et al). Without even looking at the environmental gains, organic production is a good switch for farmers because of the economic benefits. Globally, this means that smaller farmers have a better chance of surviving which could also mean a diminishing of impoverishment in poorer parts of the world for those who do choose to switch to organic forms of production. Basically, ?organic crops would be slightly more profitable than the conventional ones? (Pimental, et al).
Secondary benefits all deal with the