The Basics of Traditional Farming
When it comes to farming fruits and vegetables, there is such a demand for produce that the farmers really have to keep up with it. In order to come close to guaranteeing fresh products, many farms have resorted to using genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as well as pesticides and fertilizers. This is the main difference between traditional and organic farming.
In an attempt to create perfect, resilient crops, farmers are treating their fields with chemicals. Potent pesticides protect the food from insect infestations, but in the end, the food can contain residual chemicals. Why should this concern you? Well, ultimately you will be consuming that product.
According to Green America, the following furits and vegetables often have pesticide residue: apples, bell peppers, celery, cherries, imported grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears, potatoes, raspberries, spinach and strawberries. In essence, traditional farming contaminates their harvest and also breeds super organisms that grow to be resistant to certain pesticides.
In addition to negatively affecting the crops, traditional farming harms the land. All of the chemicals soak down into the soil, which causes soil contamination and even groundwater contamination from the runoff.
While organic farming is an alternative to using chemicals and unnatural ingredients to grow food, it also comes with its disadvantages.