Organic Agricultural Advocate Comments on Growth of Organic Farming

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Philippe van den Bossche, an organic farming advocate, comments on an article in the that discusses the growth of organic farming and why it is catching fire.

On June 21, organic farming advocate Philippe van den Bossche comments on the growth of organic farming and the reason behind the demand.

According to a June 9th article on, more and more local farmers and gardeners across the country are deciding to grow organic as consumers seek healthier, more nutritious food. In 2011, organic products only accounted for a little more than all U.S. food sales but in that same year the organic food sector grew by $2.5 billion and is continuing to grow.

The article says large industrial farms that use harmful pesticides and synthetic fertilizer into crops still do produce a vast majority of the food consumed in the United States. But there have been proven consequences of traditional farming that could be potentially damaging for the environment.

Carol Roberts, whose father decided to convert to organic farming from traditional industrial farming after being diagnosed with liver cancer – which is believed to have been caused by his daily exposure to farming chemicals, told she is fearful about farm chemicals washing into rivers and streams, polluting the water system.

Jay Martin, an organic farmer, believes it is counterintuitive to consume food coated with chemicals used to kill bugs. He says in the article, “You have to ask, ‘What else does it kill?’”

He went on to say, “We love our fellow farmers, all of them. We just want us all to consider if we are being good stewards of the land.”

Philippe van den Bossche, an organic agricultural advocate and Chairman and Owner of Advancing Eco-Agriculture, says organic farmers are providing the people with a healthier alternative. “When it comes down to it, it is a personal choice whether or not to embrace organic foods into your diet. However, organic farmers are doing what they can to provide a healthy alternative that has proven to provide environmental benefits and health benefits to those who incorporate it into their food intake.”

Philippe van den Bossche is an impact entrepreneur and investor and Chairman and Owner of Advancing Eco Agriculture, an agricultural and horticultural consulting and manufacturing company providing consulting services and specialty nutritional materials for use in irrigation systems and foliar applications. As an avid organic agricultural advocate, he believes that the production of healthy crops is a function of complex interaction between soil, plants and microbes.

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