Posted By Raj Singh on 12/13/2017 in Food

Rules Change for Organic Farming - What to Expect?

Rules Change for Organic Farming - What to Expect?

The European Commission in Brussels announced three weeks ago in a press release that new rules on organic production will be soon introduced and looks forward to the final steps leading to the adoption of the new Regulation. Once adopted, the new rules will enter into force on 1 January 2021. This will give enough time for producers, operators and trade partners to adapt to the new framework.

In its justification of change in rules, The European Commission states that the current set of rules for the organic sector are over 20 years old and does not accommodate a plethora of changes that have taken place in these past two decades. And while most consumers pay twice as much for organic produce, it’s only fair to them to ensure a quality guarantee.

The Upward Trend of Organic Farming

Despite criticism and lack of support from some governments, organic farming is booming across the world. Farmers have been dropping the conventional pesticide-fertilizer based style of farming for this stricter alternative for some years now, but a strong upsurge in farmer involvement is starting to happen at once in many countries. As early as 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported a 72% rise in organic products in the United States from 2008, with about $5.5 billion reported as the estimated profits generated. The results were slightly similar In Canada, where over 100,000 farms had been registered as fully organic. The USDA report confirmed that over 14,000 farmers were already registered as legitimate organic farmers, and that a 14% compound increase in organic farming involvement was expected over the next few years. Despite fears on whether it can really feed the world, the increase is already happening, and non-organic farms are starting to feel the pinch.

The upward shift in the number of organic farms is good news on many fronts. Ditching the chemical based fertilizers and pesticides used in conventional farming is a good start to protecting naturally occurring soil organisms. As it happens, the chemicals in these products also contribute a great deal to the greenhouse gases that warm up the atmosphere to the extent of floods. If they are substituted for natural alternatives such as animal manure, we can expect a change for the better on the topic of environmental conservation.

The biggest culprit

Research shows that we get more dangerous chemicals from dairy and meat than from any other food, thanks to bio magnification, or the process through which these chemicals are transferred across the food chain from plants to humans. The biggest culprit in all this? The chemicals use to boost growth and development of plants and animals on farms. With organic farming people can expect to get enough nutrients from food, not dangerous chemicals.

With its nature supporting practices, organic farming is protecting agricultural diversity in more ways than conventional farming could ever have. It’s also protecting humans from possible disease in the process, considering that it doesn’t use GMOs in any way, whether as seed for planting or as feed for animals. Some of the GMOs contain chemicals that have been found to cause various cancers.

Making it better for Earth!

Perhaps it’s the farming soil that’s to benefit the most from this development. Hundreds of acres of soil have been destroyed with regular application of chemical fertilizer, and modern farmers are to blame. Organic farming employs the use of natural fertilizers, which allows soil to maintain its natural chemical composition and regenerate for future generations. 

So, yes, organic farming is a good thing for us and the environment. There’s need for even more support from governments for it to fully take shape and conquer that space formerly taken up conventional farming methods.