While organic agriculture does not use harmful synthetic pesticides and herbicides, they are used in large amounts in industrial agriculture causing widespread environmental pollution. Human exposure to these substances and food contamination are also cause for concern.
In addition to harming our ecosystems, pesticides are also linked to a number of human health issues , ranging from short-term impacts such as headaches and nausea to chronic diseases and impaired cognitive development during pregnancy.
Moreover, low animal welfare standards in the global industrial livestock sector is driving systematic overuse of antibiotics in human and animal medicine undermining their ability to cure life-threatening infections in people, by creating dangerous microorganisms which are resistant to antibiotics.
We need stronger policy frameworks that support food systems which sustain healthy ecosystems and provide safe and high-quality food for all while respecting the welfare of animals.
Organic agriculture supports by:
- Managing pests and diseases using a holistic approach that combines techniques such as crop rotation, biological control and adoption of organic inputs of very low toxicological concern.
- Forbidding the routine use of antibiotics and addressing the primary causes of infections and diseases in livestock production, in this way organic farming counteracts the insurgence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
- Providing safe food for pregnant and breastfeeding women