Organic Farming Establishing Itself in the U.S.
January 25, 2013 by
Although organic farming makes agricultural produce more expensive, this technique is gaining popularity as consumers are opting for chemical-free and pesticide-free foods. More farmers in the U.S. are now opting to get their products certified as organic.
More Land Being Devoted to Organic Farming
Most of the regions in the world today are increasingly switching to organic farming. However, the US is seen to lag behind in this regard. The pacific region countries including New Zealand and Australia have over 12 million hectares of land dedicated to organic farming, followed by Europe with 10 million hectares and Latin America with 8.4 million hectares of land. Asia and Africa have 3 million and 1 million hectare of land used for organic farming. The sales of organic products in the U.S. market have been seen to rise at a higher rate than the area of land under organic farming. Organic food sales were worth 31.5 billion dollars in 2011. A large number of third party organizations are coming forward to certify farmers for using organic practices. Farmers are now turning to organic farming as they realize the benefits they can reap out of it.
Benefits of Organic Farming and Eco-Friendly Promotional Items
Organic farming is beneficial not only to consumers buying organic products, but also to the farmers involved. Organic foods are free from synthetic chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Many synthetic chemicals are known to be carcinogens. Further, organic farming practices are healthy for the ecosystem. These practices introduce important nourishment to the soil and enable the soil to preserve water. This ability is very important in drought-prone areas that often face shortage of water.
Drought renders land unable to be cultivated. Organic farming practices can reduce this problem to a large extent. An added incentive for farmers to get certified as organic producers is the fact that they can sell their products at higher rates in the market. The heavy demand for organic foods ensures that farmers make a good profit, while at the same time reducing depletion of nutrients from their land soil.
Other Countries That Have Adapted Organic Farming to a Large Extent
The biggest market for organic products is in Europe and North America. However the maximum number of organic producers is from India and the Malvinas Islands. The greatest area of land under organic farming is in Australia. Most countries around the world have realized the importance of organic farming. These include India, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Germany, France, UK, Italy, US, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and many more. The growing number of such countries shows that organic products and eco friendly promotional items are being widely accepted by people far and wide.