Unifying natural and conventional farming for a stronger agriculture sector

Natural is not always safe. Moreover synthetic is not always harmful.

Marie Claude Bibeau, Canadian federal agriculture minister, disclosed that the Canadian Organic Trade Association received a $992,131 investment for the betterment of export and domestic market opportunities. The organic, or natural farming, industry has successfully differentiated itself from conventional agriculture, the former attracting a lot of consumers who wanted to be cautious with what they eat.

According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the main goal of natural agriculture is to establish a food production process that is sustainable to and harmonious with the environment. 

In Canada, the normal and current agronomic priority of every farmer is to monitor soil health through healthy crop rotation, promote biodiversity, as well as adhere to minimal to zero tillage practices. However, some farmers expressed their dismay because while all of them are concerned with sustainable food production, some consumers credit these attributes to the organic industry alone.

Dr. Dwayne Beck, a professor in the Plant Science Department at South Dakota State University, stated that there shouldn’t be any competition between natural and conventional farming because both have their own advantages. He advises that farmers maximize the availability of natural processes to help the industry and the environment instead of fighting against it, and each other. After all, as farmers, whether conventional or organic, should work together to build a healthy and strong agricultural sector.

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