There is a heated debate going on about whether the answer to the question of is organic better for the planet is yes or no. For many years now, our system of food production has been pushed toward organics for some reason or another. As a matter of fact, when I first started this job ten years ago, they were only available in a very limited way. Here are some facts and a discussion of the pros and cons of organic and what the future of food might hold.
What we know about the environment at the moment is that it is pretty grim. What we also know is that agriculture is one of the biggest causes of greenhouse gases (gas that is created from the oxidation of the atmosphere).
One of the issues with food production is that we are not being given the right information so that we can choose from different sources of food that are safe and produce less greenhouse gas emissions. The Government says it is but still sends out billions of dollars every year in subsidies for different farming methods.
And this leaves the consumer with a choice between the competing claims from scientists that indicate the risks of eating foods that we don’t know if they are healthy for us or if they are more at risk than most of our other foods that have negative climate impacts. But this is the quandary. We do not know what to believe.
The best way to judge whether it is better for the planet to eat food that is organic or to go with the people that are using chemicals to grow the food. Here are some facts and some thoughts on this topic.
We are aware that more we are seeing toxins in our food, especially organics. This is in part because the farmers that are using these methods are not using traditional methods of pest control. In many cases they are using chemicals that contain at least one very harmful chemical and in many cases, quite a few more.
Some of the problems are related to the production process and the carbon footprint that result from moving the food from where it is grown, to where it is cooked and eaten. There is a carbon footprint when you are growing and shipping the food to your local store. Then there is the carbon footprint when the food reaches your home and is cooked and eaten.
One thing that has changed is the attitude towards the issue of climate change and our impact on greenhouse gas emissions. The US government is pushing harder than ever before to become more environmentally friendly.
It is also not surprising to see the increased interest in sustainability and its relationship to global warming and climate change. The number of states that are becoming more “green” has increased dramatically. The US is slowly becoming more green, as well.
We are also seeing a new term starting to be used. It is an acronym for food and energy. I like to think of this as “better for the planet”.
It is also important to realize that not all life support system is equal. The benefits to the environment of using organic methods of farming is something that we all should look at and consider.