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The Environmental Impact of Organic Food

Not only does organic foods have a positive impact on your body and your health, you can't forget how these natural farming techniques will impact the environment as well.

Treating hundreds of thousands of acres with toxins to kill weeds and bugs can't possibly be good for the planet. Even the petroleum-based fertilizers are a problem because they throw off the soils natural balance. These fertilizers can eventually leach into nearby bodies of water and cause a huge growth in algae, which will eventually kill off everything else in the water.

These chemicals may not kill everything in sight, leaving many insects and birds contaminated because they ate some part of the treated plants and survived. They go off to live their lives, and the toxins can continue along the food chain.

The impact can go further than just during the growing season as well. Many chemical elements can be added after the crops have been harvested, such as all the preservatives, dyes, artificial flavors, and the list goes on. These will have an immediate effect on your body when you eat them, but they will also end up contaminating the soil when leftovers or unused portions are thrown away. Even when you compost them, these chemicals will end up in your soil.

Non-organic livestock are also a problem for the environment because of all the hormones and antibiotics in their systems. The animals waste is laden with these chemicals, which end up contaminating the soil and groundwater under large livestock farms.

Though these are all simple and compelling factors, there may be a few less positive ones associated with organic farming as well. Without the extra sprays and fertilizers, farms are usually less productive for the same area when compared to a conventional farm. So to make up the difference, more land will be needed for farming. This can lead to natural areas being cut down for additional farming space and crops.

Many studies into the effects of organic farming have been done, usually sponsored by agri-businesses so its no surprise that they often find other potential problems with organic growing.

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