Here are some arguments for and against organic farms
and intensive farms - make up your own mind...
In our modern society there are many 'pros and cons' for organic farms and
food. Just like
every debate there is evidence for and against the argument.
What you need to do is to learn as much as you can about both
sides of organic farms and farming, and make an informed decision
for yourself. Don't let any one thing sway you away or towards
a certain point of view. To make an informed decision you need
to know the facts - not just what people say the fact are, but
the actual truth. Getting to the truth of the matter however
can be a task in itself.
There are many people who think that organic farms are better
and many who think that they are worse. In this artical I will
try and help you to weigh up some of the arguments for and against
organic farms and farming. I do this because I feel that everyone
has the right to know all the facts and from that to make up
their own mind. I hope that this helps. Firstly here are a few
advantages and disadvantages for organic farms and intensive
Organic farms - advantages:
- The produce from organic farms is pesticide free and produced
in a sustainable way.
- Organic farms can still make use of the new high yielding
varieties of crops.
- Organic farming improves the soil quality which reduces nutrient
and water loss.
- There is an increase in crop diversity and organic farming
methods break up disease and pest cycles.
- The organic farming methods match the crop type and appropriate
season and soil more closely.
Organic farms - disadvantages:
- Organically grown crops - yields are lower and more land
is required for the same output.
- Organic food from organic farms may have a shorter shelf
life and may look more blemished.
- Because organic methods do not produce as many crops as intensive
methods then this means that the price is increased.
- Because organic methods use manures this can lead to bacterial
contamination of produce.
- The choice of crops (especially those that are out of season)
may be limited.
- Lastly, the use of organic or old fashioned pesticides may
also be harmful to the environment.
Intensive farms- advantages:
- Intensive farming has been a direct factor in the increase
- Intensive farming methods became necessary because of the
- These methods increased the crop yields to 3 or 4 times those
produced by the more extensive (low-input) methods.
- Grain production has tripled within the last 50 years. This
also has an effect on world hunger, Per capita grain production
has increased reducing global hunger.
- The cost of food has also declined and more food is traded
globally and yields increase more quickly and effectively than
with the alternatives.
Intensive farms - disadvantages:
- The increases in yields may not be sustainable, the rate
of grain in total production is slowing down and the rate of
per capita production is now declining.
- The use of pesticides is on the increase but the effectiveness
of these pesticides is decreasing.
- The use of fertilisers is also increasing, but the quality
of the soil and water is declining.
- Countries that are poor rely on outside assistance and can
not afford to buy enough fertilisers to achieve high crop yields.
Organic Farming Pages - Topics & Content
Organic Farms Page 1
For and Against Organic Farming - advantages and disadvantages
Organic Farms Page 2:
Chickens - Organic Farms v Intensive Farms
Eggs - Organic Farms v Intensive Farms
Organic Farms Page 3:
Pigs - Organic Farms v Intensive Farms
Homeopathy used in Organic Farms
Arguements Against Organic farms
Organic Lettuce - E. Coli Debate
Organic Farms Page 4:
Antibiotics used in Intensive Farms
The sources of Contamination
Which eggs are affected?
Organic Farms Page 5:
Antibiotic Residues and our Health
Organic Farms Page 6:
Key Recommendations - Bans and Restrictions:
Key Recommendations - The Veterinary Profession
Organic Farms Page 7:
Food Quality and your Health
Antibiotic use is cut in organic farming
GMO's banned in organic farming
BSE - organically reared or born cattle are BSE free
Food poisoning risks are minimised by using organic standards
Organic farming nurtures the soil
Organic farming returns nutrients to the soil
Organic farming rotates crops