10 Ways Organic Farming is Better for the Environment

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Since 1989, our core company values have revolved around creating products that are sustainable and healthy for the environment. This means partnering with organic tea estates across the globe with the same goals in mind. We’re proud to work with tea gardens that cultivate in ways that do not harm the environment or its surrounding ecosystem, utilizing the synergistic way that biodiversity aids in the growth of organic tea.

Here are some of the best ways organic agriculture impacts the environment:

  1. Organic cultivation of tea is better for local wildlife. The Soil Association, an international organization for organic cultivation, notes that a typical organic field has five times as many wild plants, 57 percent more animal species, and 44 percent more birds than a conventionally cultivated farm. Conventional synthetic herbicides and pesticides often kill non-target animals, plants, and insects.

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    A peacock roams freely through a tea estate in India.

  2. Organic farming is sustainable and nurtures the natural biodiversity and structure within its soils and surrounding environment, while also reducing the use of non-renewable resources.
  3. Instead of depleting soils nutrients with synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, organic farming strengthens soil by composting, cover cropping, and crop rotation.
  4. Organic farming helps keep water supplies clean of toxic run off and chemicals.
  5. Organic agriculture combats the greenhouse effect and global warming with organic soil’s ability to hold carbon, keeping it out of the air.
  6. Organic agriculture relies on preventative measures to combat pests and invasive weeds, not chemical pesticides and herbicides.
  7. Organic standards prohibit clearing of primary ecosystems for further cultivation.
  8. Organic farming typically produces less waste because it relies less on external resources and more on renewable resources.
  9. Organic practices support and protect bees and other pollinators important to crop growth because it decreases exposure to toxic pesticides, encouraging natural habitats and biodiversity.
  10. Buying organic will increase demand and “lead to a reversal of conventional farming practices” which will have long term effects on the land and our health.
Sources:
http://infohub.ifoam.bio/sites/default/files/page/files/misconceptions_compiled.pdf
http://rodaleinstitute.org/assets/RegenOrgAgricultureAndClimateChange_20140418.pdf
http://www.fao.org/organicag/oa-faq/oa-faq6/en/
https://www.ota.com/organic-101/environmental-benefits
http://theorganicsinstitute.com/organic/14-key-reasons-why-you-should-go-organic/
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