Posted by: Mahdi Ebrahimi | September 23, 2007

Look at the history of Organic Agriculture

While organic farming and products have been around since the beginning of farming we have just begun to return to our roots with an organic concept. The organic industry has begun to change in the last two decades, evolving into an industry that produces several produces with the organic label. Shampoo, soaps, food, and clothing can be considered organic depending upon how the products were created. Organic products are created when synthetic materials are no longer used. With organic farming synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, plant growth regulators, and livestock feed additives are largely excluded. How the industry has grown since the beginning of the twentieth century is important to understanding where we can go with organic production.

The organic movement began with agricultural scientists and farmers placing themselves against the industrialization of agriculture. In other words these individuals wanted to keep production of organic foods to provide healthier products for consumers. With the mechanical advances as well as biochemical advances farming began to change. The use of pesticides was easily spread through out the crops. DDT was also created to help reduce pests in the farming industry. The idea with growing technology was to keep producing as much food and products as possible to meet consumer demand. These pesticides were able to keep the crops from being ruined during an insect invasion as well as help the farming industry no longer lose money for a bad crop. The downsides are the pesticides themselves. We didn’t understand in the beginning that the pesticides could actually harm humans.

So during the twentieth century when we began to use these pesticides more, we stepped away from organic farming. It wasn’t until the later on in the twentieth century that scientists and environmentalists began to look at the effects of these pesticides not only on humans, but also on the farming land and insects. There are many natural ways of farming and producing organically grown food without the aid of pesticides. There are insects that do not harm the plants that will eat the harmful insects. The government began to regulate organic production and therefore stepped in to control the organic industry in the 1980’s. Certification standards for farms and their production of products began to be enacted. The 1990’s saw a larger growth in the retail industry of organically grown food supplies.

To continue in the 1990’s a twenty percent increase of consumer demand began to incur. Consumers began demanding organically grown products because it was safer for consumption as well as better for the earth. Environmentalists are not the only individual’s concerned about the earth. Most consumers now realize that the earth does need to be protected. With this understanding the 21st century is now seeing more and more organic products in the stores. This means the organic industry is continuing on an incline where most non-organic farms have begun to convert to organic farming. Products such as shampoos and clothing are now being labelled as organic or natural ingredients. Clothing is also being created with organic farming. Consumers have demanded that their clothes be kept all natural to save the earth or in other words to be considered “green”.

The organic industry will continue to increase as long as consumer recognises the need for keeping the earth protected. This means that soon most if not all of the farms will be organic. The supermarkets and stores will begin to carry nothing, but products that are organic. While other parts of the organic industry such as soaps may continue to be synthetically made, we have at least moved our food and for the most part our clothing into the organic arena. It is possible that we will soon return to all natural soaps as well.

The organic industry has grown at least twenty percent every year since the 1990’s if not more than that. This increase is due to the understanding that pesticides and hormone regulatory products can be extremely harmful to the earth as well as those who inhabit it. Consumers recognise that these things should not be used any more; especially in the plethora they had been used. While organic food may not look as pretty as non organic, it does taste the same. Organic products, such as fruit, no longer have the waxy substances to keep it looking fresh in the supermarkets. In this case it will look natural like you have just gotten it off a tree. So the organic industry has changed to become a larger part of the agricultural industry over the last several decades.



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