Organic products, within the last decade and a half, have improved enough to have nearly achieved mainstream status. In the early 1990s you could only come across organic produce in a few high end type grocery stores, but today most supermarkets have an area in their stores that is specifically designated as organic.
With the improved availability and stable sales, organic food is now more affordable. Increased sales means that people have become more conscious of our environment as well as aware of what we put into our bodies.
The greater the people who become aware of the benefits of organic foods, in particular, leads to an even larger demand for the food, which results in higher production. There’ll be a downward movement in organic food prices as the production and demand for them continues to go upward. Sales for organic foods in the 1990′s grew 20% each year until they hit $9 billion in the early part of the 21st century. Today more than 70 per cent of shoppers in the US, at some time or another will buy organic food.
It is expected that organic food production will continue to become more mainstream, which is not only good for our health, but also the environment as well. It was actually only 15 years ago that most people had no idea what organic food meant.
Today, when nearly all people who see a label with organic on it, know what it means, and that is that it has been grown without hormone supplements, pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. Organic cultivating is more than merely substituting natural materials for synthetics is a system of growing good food, within the boundaries of nature.
It doesn’t matter much if this is done in your backyard garden, or is done on a larger scale by the organic farmer.
The very beginning of the process is with healthy soil that will produce healthy plants, which are resistant to disease and pests, naturally. Because the science of natural soil improvement continues to expand, organic farmers have become less centered on chemicals to treat plants than regular farmers.
Long-term soil developing compared to the chemical quick-fix approach is the difference in attitudes between the two groups. Once you develop crops organically, it can be applied just about anywhere.
With dangerous chemical inorganic pesticides, people need to avoid the growing area for a required safety period. Also, the water system will never be plagued by organic gardening.
The organic system takes advantage of safety and personal health as a motivational factor, because they live where they grow the food. Through cultivating crops without chemicals, farmers are creating a sustainable environment that will have a positive effect on the world at large.