If organic methods were more widely used, pollution would decrease in many ways. Organic methods do not contribute to synthetic fertilizer runoff, actually remove the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, do not consume nearly as much dwindling petroleum resources as conventional methods, and use animal manures as fertilizer that would otherwise be a 'hazardous waste'.
If everyone in the Research Triangle only bought locally grown produce, it would save more than 4,250,000 gallons of diesel fuel every year for shipping…. not to mention the pollutants not generated in the combustion of that fuel.
If American farms all converted from conventional to organic methods, carbon dioxide would be removed from the atmosphere annually equal to removing more that 157,000,000 vehicles from the roads. See The Rodale Institute.
If all North Carolina farmers converted to organic methods, the equivalent of 467,248,000 gallons of diesel fuel would be saved in synthetic fertilizer manufacture.
If farmers sold direct to customers at farmers markets, pick-your-own fields, CSAs or roadside stands, they could increase their income as much as TEN fold - even tobacco farmers can earn more by changing to vegetable production! North Carolina has recently been loosing about 1000 farms every year. A similar rate is occurring nationally. When all the farms are converted to subdivisions, who will feed your family?
Feed Your Family Better
Organic produce is more nutritious. It does not have pesticide residues or chemical additives or preservatives, nor is it irradiated nor is transgenic (genetically modified) seed allowed.
On the average, fruit and vegetables travel 1500 miles in the United States from farm to table. And large commercial growers grow varieties for their shipping sturdiness - not for flavor or nutrition. Locally grown food is days and thousands of miles fresher than most food available in the supermarket.
Locally grown food has not spent weeks in transit or storage nor been exposed to the risk of tampering or contamination in that interval.
No produce from "small family farms" has ever been implicated in any massive contaminated food event.