We live in a world that’s largely designed around convenience, and our industrialized food system is no exception. This system has made it easy for us to head to the store and secure an apple when the craving strikes, but there’s more to that story. The majority of FNV are grown through conventional agriculture (only 1% of US farmland is farmed organically). Conventional agriculture regularly incorporates synthetic chemicals, antibiotics, or genetic modification, and relies on processes that lead to soil depletion, greenhouse gasses, and exploitation of local farmers.
Fruits and vegetables that come from an organic farm, on the other hand, are grown using practices that are fairer to the farmers, our bodies, and the planet. Organic farming uses processes that keep nature in mind, such as composting and natural fertilizers to improve the health of the soil and biodiversity of the ecosystem. If it sounds promising — it is. But it gets better. There’s a growing focus on rehabilitation and conservation in agriculture. Practices that improve the health of the soil and increase biodiversity are actually helping to reverse climate change by restoring the soil and our planet’s natural biodiversity.