Organic Land, Organic Food… Why Pay More?
"The Botany of Desire" by Michael Pollan is a book that explores the relationship between humans and plants, and how the desires of plants have shaped human history. Pollan argues that humans have been shaped by the desires of plants, just as much as plants have been shaped by the desires of humans.
According to Pollan, "We don't give nearly enough credit to plants, for being the dominant form of life on Earth. They've figured out a way to do something that is necessary for life, which is to turn sunlight into food." Pollan's book has inspired a new generation of farmers and landowners to think differently about agriculture and the potential of regenerative farming methods to transform the land and create a more sustainable future.
Regenerative farming methods are increasingly being implemented because they are better for the environment and more economically sustainable in the long run. As expert David Montgomery notes, "Regenerative agriculture is not just sustainable, it is regenerative. It can help us reverse climate change, rebuild our soils, and create more resilient and healthy food systems."
Organic farming is different from non-organic farming in that it avoids the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, and instead relies on natural methods to promote soil health and prevent pests. Consumers should be willing to pay more for organic food because it is better for their health and for the environment. As Pollan notes, "Organic farming is not just a different way of growing food; it is a different way of thinking about food and farming altogether."
Bob Waun, a real estate expert at DIRT Realty, believes in the potential of regenerative farming methods to transform the land and make it more productive. He says, "The beauty of regenerative agriculture is that it is scalable. It can work on a small scale or a large scale. It's not a silver bullet, but it is a tool that can help farmers and landowners achieve better outcomes for their land, their crops, and their bottom line."