As we all know, California is quickly running out of water with the state having roughly one year of water left in it. This is a very serious situation, but once again it shows the importance of having a different mindset for the food we eat. While we have become dependent on foods grown with the use of chemicals, organic can actually be better for the environment during a drought. Studies have found that organic produce and growing is better during a drought, which may help lower the cost of organic food in the long-run. In an analysis of 100 studies at the University of California, it was found that organic farming created a mix of biodiversity in the soil and the environment around it, that was nearly impossible for synthetic chemicals to mimic.
While organic farms are typically 20 per cent less productive than conventional farms, that gap is slowly narrowing as more and more investment and research goes into organic farming.
In another study done by Rodale Institute, they looked at the productivity of organic farms and conventional farms from 1981 to now. They found that organic plots on the property outperformed the conventional ones, in the long-run, especially when there was something like a drought happening. It also found that organic farms are far more resilient of droughts than conventional farms. They also handle things like frost and flooding easier.
Essentially, it comes down to what is in the soil. Organic farms build up organisms in the soil and bacteria that helps it survive during tough times. The soil, organisms and all the plants develop into a mutually-dependent relationship. For example, fungi provide channels for nutrients and water to go up into the plants from deep in the soil. This allows the plants to absorb less water and need less water overall.
As you can see, going organic is good for you and the environment, especially when droughts are causing severe problems for California.
Written by: Yehudith Girshberg