Agriculture: Industrial or Organic Essay

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In earlier years, observing nature brought happiness. One look around at the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee or at Lindsey’s Rainbow Farm in Arkansas showed everything the world offered—tall grassy fields, magnificent black bears, chilly fall nights, clear streams, slimy trout, and the warmth of the sun on my face at sunset. Breathtaking sights awaited us around every corner. Nature seemed endless. Today, places such as these appear to be found less and less. With the expansion of not only civilization but also its economy, Americans slowly destroy the once symbiotic relationship between nature and community. Americans face such a difficult situation due to the way we live our lives—specifically, the way we obtain our food. How society …show more content…
To understand the impact of organic farming, we must first know the difference between the types of farming found in American today. As described in Food, Inc., industrial farming proves a highly mechanized form of farming. It involves producing the highest output in the least costly manner, relying on various chemicals, poorly treated animals, genetic modifications, and government subsidies to keep the output so high. This farming, though a widely used form, also happens to harm our environment more than any of the others. Big organic farms, as Pollan introduces in The Omnivore’s Dilemma, advance a step further than industrial farms by keeping the environment as an afterthought. Big organic farms use crop rotations and less chemicals, however they continue the monoculture system and remain detrimental to the animals and land. The last system provides a complete alternative to these two methods and is known as small organic farming, or community farms. Community farms maintain tight systems that allow for a great deal of change by benefitting the local people, economy, and environment. Examining community farms, such as Polyface, Inc. and Yokna Bottoms Farm, enables us to evaluate the true potential behind natural agriculture. As a great benefit, community farming remains exceedingly environmentally friendly. Polyface, Inc. falls under the category of a large community farm. A man named Joel Salatin owns this miracle network.

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