Celebrate an Organic Year

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As 2016 rolled into 2017 many of us made resolutions, pledging to lose weight, eat healthier, support a worthy cause, or forge deeper connections in the coming year. While most start out with good intentions, it's not always easy to live up to our expectations. 

With looming political uncertainty, and concerns over a deeply divided America, we all prepare to face changes and challenges in the coming year. As we forge ahead with hope, determination, and dedication one thing that we cannot abandon is our food system. Our food system is integral to our bodies, our communities, and our planet. Food is a language spoken by every culture, and organic food seeks to embrace diversity and biodiversity while promoting a food system that leads to c safe, healthy, and resilient communities, ecosystems, and economies for today and for future generations.

At OFRF, we will be working with farmers, researchers, businesses, and law makers to ensure that organic agriculture continues to grow and develop. From farm fields, to universities, to the halls of Congress and the USDA, OFRF works to foster the improvement of organic farming, and help build the vital infrastructure to support and grow organic agriculture. 

Celebrating organic agriculture can take many forms, from seeking out organic foods in the grocery store, to visiting local farms and farmers markets for organic products, to hosting an organic feast for family and friends. Another key way to celebrate organics is by supporting OFRF, and reaching out to law makers urging them to support organic agricultural policy. 

The positive impacts of supporting organic agriculture go far beyond delicious food, helping to bring about real change in the environment, our communities, and local economies.

Environmental benefits

• Organic farming practices don’t expose families, communities, and drinking water to high risk toxic chemicals.

• Organic agriculture builds life in the soil while avoiding the use of toxic chemicals that can accumulate in soil, water, food and people.

• Non-organic farming relies on dwindling fossil fuel resources, while organic farmers build their own fertility into their systems, which improve over time.

• Organic farming is not simply the substitution of approved input materials. It is the replacement of a synthetic treatment approach with a process approach to create a balanced system of plant and animal interactions.

Community benefits

• Organic food and crop production—and the business activities accompanying organic agriculture—create real and long-lasting regional economic opportunities for farm families and communities.

• Rural communities with organic production have increased household incomes, and reduced poverty levels.

• Organic farmers and producers creates economic growth within communities and provides for job growth.

Economic benefits of going organic

• Organic foods has been one of the fastest-growing sectors for more than two decades.

• Organic farming can be a very competitive alternative to conventional agriculture in terms of production. After the initial transition period organic crop yields often rebound to within 90 to 95 percent of conventional yields.

• Over time, production costs tend to be lower in organic systems because of reduced input costs.

• Diversified organic production allows for increased economic and food security.

• Organic agriculture considers the farm as a complete, fully integrated and dynamic ecosystem—which includes you the farmer—with the ultimate goals of minimizing or eliminate costly outside inputs and producing safe and healthy food.

Celebrating organic agriculture and enjoying the benefits of diversity and biodiversity, along with rejecting chemical toxins and environmental harm, is a resolution for 2017 we can all keep. 

Click here for more information on how to support OFRF in celebrating organics in 2017. We wish you a healthy and happy new year.

Submitted by Michael Stein, OFRF Policy Associate

Photo credit: USDA