Less up-front investment
An organic farm requires less capital investment than a conventional farm, since it does not require the purchase of chemical fertilizers. Many farmers take out large loans to get started, but organic farmers don’t rely on chemicals – this means taking less of a blow if the crop yield is low in a particular year.
Higher profit margins
Depending on the conditions, organic farming methods may yield less than conventional methods. However, the premiums are high with organic farming as most organic produce is sold for 20-30% more than conventional produce. So with less start-up debt and higher profits, an organic farm is able to be more successful in a short amount of time.
Biodiversity and nutrition
The environment benefits from organic farming in many ways. Avoiding harsh chemicals allows for better biodiversity – in fact, organic farming thrives on diversity. This keeps the soil rich, which means good crops will continue to grow year after year. Your produce will also taste better and be more nutritious than conventionally grown crops, thanks to the richness of the soil.
No harmful emissions
In addition to better biodiversity, organic farming helps protects the environment in other ways. Most notably, an organic farm won’t secrete chemicals into water sources, and its fertilizers don’t release toxic gases into the air. Since organically grown food is also most often purchased and eaten locally, it cuts down on transportation costs, fossil fuel usage, and harmful greenhouse gas emissions.