Small is beautiful.
Intensive farming is at the opposite end of the production scale to organic farming. Here, we compare the two…
We know it’s a cliché but we don’t think bigger always means better. Intensive Farming methods have their benefits! They support the world’s expanding population and we acknowledge that supporting life has to be a global priority. However, we just want to put our hand up (alongside many concerned scientists and environmentalists), and ask if this should come at any cost?
Go big or go home? It’s not a straightforward question.
Intensive farming focuses on maximising yield above all other outcomes, using various means, such as the heavy use of pesticides and chemical fertilisers. This intensification and mechanisation has also been applied to the raising of livestock, with billions of animals, such as cows, pigs and chickens, being held indoors in what have become known as factory farms. Intensive farming successfully produces more at less cost, and has become accepted as the solution to farming on a global scale, however it has worrying side effects that are not widely advertised, and that are potentially the greatest threat to our global environment*.
Why be concerned?
This is a big topic, and a confusing one, but the damage being done to the ecosystem is impossible to ignore:
- Worldwide, intensive farming is thought to be responsible for up to 80% of tropical deforestation, and extensive destruction of animal and wildlife habitats, the high carbon emissions it produces are a significant contributor to global warming.
- Monocultural farming (producing one crop over and over again on the same land) reduces biodiversity and damages soil quality; depleting and draining it of resources faster than it can naturally replenish itself, and necessitating chemical fertilisers which pollute the environment, and contaminate the food you eat – a dangerous negative spiral.
- The use of copious amounts of fertiliser that is necessary for intensive farming produces an extra 1.3m tonnes of carbon a year in the U.K. alone, the equivalent of putting 1 million more cars on the road.
- Intensive farming often results in polluted runoff that clogs water systems, and increases susceptibility to flooding.
- Runoff rich in fertilisers and pesticides that reaches bodies of water contaminates the water and encourages algae to grow, blocking the sunlight and eventually killing wildlife underneath – damaging the entire local ecosystem – a process called eutrophication.
To put it simply, in order to feed ourselves, we are poisoning the soil we plant in and the air we breathe and in the long term, that just doesn’t seem logical.
Organic farming for our future:
As a small business, we respect the need to increase profit margins and output, but we also think we should consider the future of our planet and our immediate environment.
We choose to farm differently. As organic farmers, we have respect for the land we farm and aim to work in harmony with our environment. Click here to read why we chose to go Organic.
Organically PURE. PURE Methods. PURE Products.
Be sure that you’re drinking sustainably farmed produce. Drink PURE.