Farming Food and Crops

intensively farmed lettuceThere is a lot that we can learn from the way in which the agricultural industry produces the food that we eat. farming methods vary from country to country, but the bulk of all farming done in the West is of the intensive kind. This means that every square foot of arable land is used as effectively as is possible and this is helped by the lavish use of a cocktail of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides that kill anything and everything that might do anything to reduce the yield.

This might sound like the logical way to do things on land that is under constant attack by bugs that would eat the crops, weeds that would choke out the crops, soil-borne diseases and fungi that would kill the crops and at the same time maximizing the yields by feeding the crops with highly concentrated artificial fertilizers. Logical is not Mother Nature's way, however.

By working against nature, are farmers waging a war they cannot win in the long run?

The War on Nature

crop sprayingIt might sound like a terrible thing to do, but intensive farming methods are literally waging war on Nature and trying to defeat her by poisoning and squeezing her out of the frame. While this might be argued as necessary to feed the every expanding world population, it may not be quite as necessary as it seems at first glance. Here's why.

Firstly, the majority of mamy farms produce the bulk of their crops not for human consumption, but for livestock consumption, with some percentage of that being surplus. If you ever though the farmer's biggest problem was scarcity, it's not. It's actually over supply. Think on this:

Intensive farming methods are not meant to ease a world shortage of food, but to maximize profits.

There are some things that could be changed right now, today, if the truth were only known and understood by more people. A large percentage of arable land that is currently intensively farmed could easily be given over to organic food crop production for human consumption with little impact on the farmer's profits or their costs. Many smaller farms are already doing exactly this and profiting handsomely for their trouble thanks to a greater awareness among more and more consumers as to the health benefits to be had in eating organic crop foods.

Nature is Your Friend

There's no denying that when you work with Nature, the work is easier, less demanding of resources and produces healthier results for both consumers and producers. Without the need to spray lethal cocktails of chemicals periodically which is essential on intensively farmed crops, the organic farmer benefits by not polluting the air that he breathes, the water that he drinks and the soil that bears his food. Despite what health "experts" may tell us, crops sprayed with chemicals retain a residue that we unwittingly consume. Organically grown crops have no such poisonous residue.

Farm animals fed on organically grown feed are healthier and less prone to contracting diseases and so are less reliant on vets having to dose them up with a cocktail of antibiotics and all manner of drugs to keep them alive long enough to be slaughtered for our dinner tables. The way in which organic farmers raise their animals is much healthier for them and provides them with a much better life than their drugged, force-fed, penned, intensively farmed cousins.

A Change of Diet

It might sound like too much of a wrench from what is your comfort zone, but giving up meat is one way in which you can make a difference to the way in which farmers operate. But you don't have to make such a big change to your diet to still make a huge difference. Its all about finding the right level and choosing a diet solution that fits in with your body's actual needs. If we all decided to not eat meat for just one day each week, the farming industry would be turned on its head and intensive methods would have to be phased out, simply because they would suddenly become too expensive and largely unnecessary.

Think on that for a moment. Just one day a week, treat your body to a healthy vegetarian day and you will help to bring about such a turn about in the way farmers produce food that you would be shocked!

You would benefit by allowing your body to detox from having to process so much meat that it doesn't even need. You would reduce the farmer's need to keep such large numbers of livestock and thereby reduce their animal fed bill considerably. They would need to spend less on chemicals to spray crops because they could return to a more natural means of crop growing that simply doesn't need it. When you move toward Nature, it truly can indeed be your friend!