Impact Investor and Advocate of Sustainable Agriculture, Philippe van den Bossche, Discusses Growth of Organic Farming Among Oklahoma Farmers

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Philippe van den Bossche, an impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, discusses the steady increase of the organic farming industry among Oklahoma farmers.

Impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, discusses the growth of the organic farming among Oklahoma farmers as awareness of benefits becomes more apparent.

According to a September 4, 2013 article published by CherokeePhoenix.org titled, “Organic farming trend growing,” organic farming practices are becoming a popular trend for local Oklahoma farmers. Drew Fenton and Allie Righthouse of Foggy Morning Farms have embraced these practices, producing everything from vegetables to herbs. Fenton says the elimination of synthetic fertilizers is what drove him to practice organic farming.

“At this point we apply nothing,” Fenton says in the article. “We don’t apply any sort of pest controls or herbicides or anything like that. The bugs are there, they show up. If we do apply anything there are a lot of really easy homemade, plant-based remedies.”

Although Fenton and Righthouse have incorporated farming practices into their work, many other farmers and consumers are hesitant to do the same because of the supposed steeper prices.

“I think a lot of the disconnect with organic is feeling like it’s so expensive it’s not obtainable,” he says. “We really try to match conventional prices.”

Righthouse says their farm’s main goal is to make the fresh produce always affordable to locals. “Our mentality is making fresh and local food available to local people,” she says. “That’s really important and we factor that in to our pricing as well. It’s part of our vision.”

Philippe van den Bossche, an impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, says the consistent growth of the organic farming industry is due to the increasing amount of awareness being raised about the benefits of incorporating organic produce into one’s diet. “Extensive research is being done all over the world on the benefits of an all-organic diet,” he says. “Incorporating organic produce into one’s diet has apparent health benefits due to the exemption of the synthetic fertilizers and pesticides used in conventional practices. As more people are made aware of these benefits, the number of farmers getting into the organic farming industry will increase as well.”

Philippe van den Bossche is an impact entrepreneur and investor and Chairman/ Owner of Advancing Eco Agriculture (AEA), a leading organic agricultural and horticultural consulting and manufacturing company located in Middlefield, Ohio. AEA provides consulting services and specialty nutritional products to farms throughout the United States and Canada. Mr. van den Bossche is an advocate for organic farming and agriculture.

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