A trip to your local supermarket will confirm a level of consumer preference for “natural” and healthy organic foods. This trend continues outside of the market, as many people are interested in investing in organic farms only. While we believe that investing in organic agriculture is definitely a good thing (we farm organic whenever possible!), the organic approach to farming is not always the ideal situation for a variety of reasons.
Yes, organic farming is great, but conventional farming isn’t necessarily “bad” and investors should not rule it out completely when deciding on which farms to invest in.
Here are some considerations to keep in mind as you are reviewing potential farmland opportunities to your holdings.
One impulse to “go organic” is based on a fear of consuming foods grown with pesticides. Some individuals worry about consuming pesticides to the point that they buy organic produce exclusively. It also guides their restaurant decisions and whether they will accept invitations to eat meals at certain people’s homes.
The truth is that organic farmers sometimes rely on pesticides too, according to a report from Scientific American. U.S. Organic Standards allow for more than 20 different chemicals to be used in organic farming. What’s more, the government does not keep track of the amount of organic pesticides that organic farmers use.
So if people want to eat food from farms, they should bear in mind that it is possible that pesticides are going to be involved to some extent, whether it’s an organic or conventional situation.
As to the popular conception that organic foods are healthier than conventionally grown produce, Scientific American cites data from researchers in the UK that reviewed 162 articles published on organic/non-organic farming in peer-reviewed publications.
The British researchers made 3,558 comparisons of nutrient content of different agricultural products. “They found absolutely no evidence for any differences in content of over 15 different nutrients including vitamin C, beta-carotene, and calcium.”
The researchers made similar comparisons to products from livestock (eggs, dairy and meat) on organic and conventional farms and found no significant difference in the nutritional quality.
While it’s admirable to want to grow food while avoiding pesticides, the use of pesticides has allowed farmers to produce much more, with the limited amount of land they cultivate.
As Sustainable America points out, conventional farming is capable of producing more food while using less land. With the earth’s population growing, our farmers need to ramp up production.
Adopting widespread organic farming practices may not be feasible in this light. Sustainable America notes that, “with caloric demand rising worldwide, we may not have the amount of open space needed for primarily organic growing methods without sacrificing ecologically important zones of high biodiversity.”
As explained, organic farming and certification is not possible or the right choice in some situations. However, sometimes it is! This is the case for the latest opportunity available to FarmFundr's investors. Denver walnut orchard is a high production farm, perfectly positioned in the fertile Central Valley of California, with excellent water access. After conducting due diligence, it was determined that this orchard is well suited to convert to Certified Organic. FarmFundr believes that this conversion will have a positive financial and environmental impact.
Organic walnuts typically sell at a higher price than conventional, because of strong consumer demand. Even with what we consider to be a conservative financial model, the projected returns are quite promising. To learn more about the details of this exciting organic farming investment opportunity, click here.
Investors who haven’t made the plunge yet to invest in the nation’s agriculture may feel more comfortable about adding farmland to their portfolio by trusting experts who have been doing it for a while. This is where FarmFundr comes in.
Since FarmFundr is owned by an American farmer who is experienced in both conventional and organic farming, investors can be assured that all properties listed on the platform have been carefully vetted and are being farmed in the most efficient way for that particular crop and piece of land. That is why investors will find conventional, sustainable, organic and organic-conversion farms available on the investment portal.
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