Reasons to Become an Organic Gardener - dummies

Reasons to Become an Organic Gardener

Part of Organic Gardening For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

In case you’re wondering why it makes sense to garden organically, here are just a few of the many reasons why people do it (in order of many people’s priority):

  • Human health: Many pesticides harm people, causing illness when they’re consumed or when they make contact with exposed skin. Some pesticides accumulate in the environment and contribute to illness long after contact. Also, some studies show that organically grown fruits and vegetables contain more nutrients than their conventionally grown counterparts.

  • Water pollution: Excess fertiliser washes into groundwater, streams, lakes, rivers and coastal waters, where it contributes to the death and disruption of natural ecosystems.

  • Soil erosion and depletion: The urgent need to protect the world’s remaining agricultural land from erosion, development, pollution and diminishing water resources has reached the state of a global crisis. The collective efforts of many organic gardeners have a postive, allievating effect.

  • Ecological balance and biodiversity: Insect predators and prey keep one another in check, and plants grow best in a balanced environment. Organic gardeners respect all parts of the interconnected web of life and use practices that support it.

  • Future generations: Sustainable gardening, agriculture and landscaping mean thinking about the future, using renewable resources wisely and efficiently, and taking only as much as nature can replace.

  • Cost savings: Prevention costs less than cure. Provide habitat for beneficial insects and they reduce the populations of bad bugs. Feed the soil organisms that make nutrients available, and your plants flourish.