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Organic farming is a win, win, win! Science shows that organic agriculture can produce enough food to feed a growing world population while protecting our health and the environment. Organic farming protects us from toxic pesticides, is more profitable for farmers and conserves the soil, water and biodiversity that we need to feed the world for generations to come. It is also a climate solution. In times of drought and flood, organic outperforms industrial agriculture. And compared with industrial farming, it conserves water, saves energy and captures more carbon in the soil.
While the United States represents 43 percent of the global market for organic food, less than one percent of total U.S. cropland is devoted to organic farming. Expanding organic agriculture is a tremendous economic opportunity for American farmers and an important conservation strategy for our nation.
The science is clear: with agroecological methods of farming, like organic, we don’t have to rely on toxic pesticides and synthetic fertilizers to produce abundant food. That’s great news for people, pollinators and all living things. We know that the need for resilient, regenerative farming is more urgent than ever. Industrial agriculture costs the world an estimated $3 trillion annually in environmental damage, and climate change threatens future food security.
Friends of the Earth works to advance organic for all: for our health, our families and our communities; for the farmers and farmworkers who grow our food; for the land that provides us with nourishment, the pollinators that make food production possible and the ecosystems that sustain all of life. Learn more about agroecological farming.
What you can do
- Join our email list at the top of this page to receive updates and action alerts
- Ask your Senator: Co-sponsor Sen. Merkley’s Pollinator Recovery Act of 2017!
- Tell Kroger: Say NO to bee-killing pesticides and YES to bee-friendly organic!
- Tell Olive Garden and its parent company, Darden Restaurants to serve good food now!
Learn more – Agroecology
Organic is a certified form of “agroecological” farming. Agroecology brings together agriculture and ecology to farm with nature.
As an agricultural practice, agroecology mimics natural processes to deliver self-sustaining farming that grows a greater diversity of crops, drastically reduces artificial inputs (pesticides, fertilizers, antibiotics) and recycles nutrients (plant and animal waste as manure). These practices have obvious benefits for farmers – reduced input costs, greater autonomy from corporations, diversified income streams, risk management for crop failures and varied produce to improve nutrition.
As a socio-economic system, agroecology values the life of people and planet over profits. It requires the reshaping of markets to be based on equity, solidarity and the ethics of responsible production and consumption. It creates space for women, people of color and youth to take leadership.
As a political movement, agroecology is an action agenda to achieve food sovereignty led by small-scale food producers and their allies. It is a growing movement to completely transform our system of production, distribution and consumption rather than conform to industrial models.
In the U.S. and around the globe, farmers and consumers, indigenous communities, environmental advocates and social justice champions are coming together to create agroecological farming systems that protect the environment and treat all workers in the food system with respect.
We are working with allies, including Friends of the Earth-International and Friends of the Earth-Europe to advance a rapid transition to a sustainable, just and resilient food system based on agroecological principles.
Reports & resources
Blogs and articles
- Dirt, Democracy and Organic Farming: A recipe for feeding the world, June, 2016, FoodTank
- Can Organic Feed the World? July 2016, Ecowatch
- High Steaks: The Case for Less and Better Meat, October, 2014, Medium
Farming for the Future busts three common myths about feeding the world that keep us on the path of business as usual. The report also details robust scientific evidence that demonstrates that creating a democratic, organic and agroecological farming system is key to feeding all people, now and into the future.
This report and scorecard grades 20 of the largest food retailers in the United States on their policies and practices regarding pollinator protection, organic offerings and pesticide reduction.
Spinning Food investigates how major food and agrichemical corporations are deliberately misleading the public on facts about industrial agriculture and organic and sustainable food production.
This investigation reveals an array of pesticide industry tactics to slow urgently needed pollinator protection measures at federal and state levels. The pesticide industry has weakened and delayed pesticide reforms and is shaping new pollinator “protection” plans nationwide that do little to protect bees and a lot to protect industry profits.