10 Things You Do Not Know About Organic Farming
Eating organic is definitely on the to-do list of people trying to be in better shape. It is a big trend nowadays and there are plenty of advantages to jumping in the bandwagon. Are you ready to buy organic, too? Check out the facts below to make sure you are well-informed.
1. Organic farms are not pesticide-free.
There are 25 chemicals approved for use in organic farms. However, before they can use these pesticides, they must prove that they have done every other method possible for controlling pests and weeds.
2. The cows can still fall ill.
No matter how well you take care of your cows, they can still get sick sometimes. When they do, farmers give them medicine like antibiotics or aspirin if they need it.
3. Certified organic farms are rare.
It seems that organic produce is everywhere these days, but in reality, certified all-natural farms comprise less than 1% of the total 911 million acres of farmland in the United States.
4. Most organic farmers are women.
Women only make up for 29% of all American farmers but they make nearly half of all organic farmers in the country!
5. Large corporations produce organic food, too.
People assume organic food comes from small farms. This is not always the case. Many of the foods labeled organic in supermarkets are actually produced by large corporations like Alexia and Earthbound Farm.
6. It is expensive.
Organ produce carries a premium of up to 30%. It is up to you if you think paying extra is worth quality food and not ingesting pesticides.
7. Whole Foods is not the biggest organic retailer.
Surprise! It is actually Costco.
8. The best selling products are…
According to research, people prefer organic when buying cow’s milk, eggs, apples, chicken, strawberries, tomatoes, and corn.
9. Joel Salatin is the most famous organic farmer in the United States.
The Virginia-based Salatin is the author of books like The Marvelous Pigness of Pigs and has appeared in documentaries like Food, Inc.
10. Pets eat organic, too.
Statistics show that pet owners are willing to spend a lot in organic food for their animals. How much are we talking about? Almost $7 billion!