Modern agriculture has become a source of income for a great number of businesses which never existed before. Agrochemical corporations have outgrown the farms by the volumes of money they earn. Logically, the more they earn, the more farmers spend while shrinking their own earnings. Eventually, the consumer pays it all. So, how much does the customer pay for agrochemicals which hardly could be tagged as “health-safe” or “human-friendly”?

The part of combined agrochemicals (synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides) in the cost of production of most of the commercial crops such as wheat, barley, soybeans, corn, etc. under intensive (chemical) agricultural technology practiced in most of the farms of the World’s most developed countries is about 50%.

Half of the money spent to produce wheat is earned by agrochemical companies. For a comparison, the part of diesel fuel cost in the total cost of wheat production ranges from 7% for no-till wheat to 18% for conventional tillage wheat. At the same time, the use chemicals in case of no-till is five-fold more intense.

Modern agriculture is the use of land to convert petroleum into food
Prof. Albert Barlett, University of Colorado

The intense use of agrochemicals in modern agriculture has been already acknowledged by the global scientific community as the key reason for soil degradation, vanishing of the honey bees and intoxication of ground waters. Heavy metals contained in pesticides and herbicides critically damage the living biology of the soil, affect plants and, later, humans.

Synthetic fertilizers production largely depends on burnt fossils, especially natural gas. The pesticides and herbicides production is extremely toxic and dependent on the availability and the cost of petroleum.  All agrochemicals production and application contribute to the carbon emission in immense volumes.

Millions of farmers around the World have been using various organic technologies to harvest better yields and produce healthier food for the people. Organic agriculture truly can free all the farmers from the unnecessary burden of synthetic fertilizers, toxic pesticides & herbicides. It can free the Planet from a large part of destructive misuse of petroleum and significantly minimize the negative effects of carbon emission.

Modern agriculture offers a full range of organic alternatives which enable farmers grow quality food in a safe environment at a fair cost.


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