Organic Food and the Environment

When it comes to food and the environment, the process of growing organic vegetables and raising organic livestock may not be any better for the environment than conventional methods of growing vegetables and raising livestock. In fact growing organic food may hurt the environment more in many cases through increased animal waste. Studies have shown that organic food production contributes more to global warming and expends more energy than conventional method. Many researchers have also suggested that organic food may present no more value to human nutrition than conventional food in addition to this. The department for the environment in Britain has done studies to suggest that using conventional methods of growing food including using fertilizers and pesticides were in fact more harmful to the environment than some organic farming methods but in addition to this there are other organic foods that actually take more energy and can be more polluting to the environment such as raising cattle and chickens as well as growing tomatoes.

In the case of tomatoes in terms of world food production, these take more space to grow organically than conventionally. It takes about 122 square miles of land to produce a ton of organically grown tomatoes while it only takes 19 square miles to produce a ton of conventionally grown tomatoes. In addition to this the energy required to grow these tomatoes is about 2 times that of conventional tomatoes. In regards to milk similar results are realized because of the fact that it takes about 80% more land to produce the same amount of milk that conventional methods produce. The organic method also produces about 20% more carbon dioxide than conventional methods. In addition to this, organic methods of growing chickens require about 25% more energy and produce more CO2 than conventional methods through animal waste. In regards to these facts it seems that organic growing methods can have their downfalls but the growing of many other organic products are still better for the environment than conventional methods thus if we supplement some organic growing with some types of conventional growing we may end up on top in terms of environmental protection.