Would you believe me if I told you that with each passing day organic agriculture has a greater presence in Latin America?
In this article, you will make a tour of some countries of the continent and you will know how they are facing organic agriculture in Argentina and general in Latin America.,
More and more people realize the damage we have done to the earth and our environment for a long time and want to change their way of living and farming.
I am going to give you some very interesting data that was delivered just a few years ago at an international seminar organized in Argentina.
These data show that the growth and importance of organic agriculture in Latin America is real and that it increases a little more every day.
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Data on organic agriculture in Argentina and other Latin American countries
By 2016 almost 7 million hectares were dedicated in Latin America for organic agriculture.
This data is much more surprising when we take into account that in the world there are almost 40 million hectares dedicated to this type of agriculture.
This means that only on our side of the pond we have an approximate percentage of 15% of all the hectares of organic agriculture in the world.
It is important to say that these numbers have increased a lot in recent years because, for example, organic agriculture in Peru has grown a lot since 2012 when a law was approved that would promote this type of agriculture.
Let us remember that Peru is a country with too much diversity and that this allows this type of agriculture to be very, very successful.
The interesting thing is that they have also achieved the use of technology for organic agriculture projects, for example, I invite you to look at the “Ecomercado Peru” project, a very nice and interesting initiative.
How is Mexico?
Let’s keep looking at interesting data, in this case of organic agriculture in Mexico.
Did you know that the amount of hectares dedicated to organic agriculture has almost quintupled in the last 10 years in this country? This data is devastating and shows that the future of agriculture is to change from organic thinking to permaculture.
Is the growth and importance that organic agriculture has taken only due to changing the way people think?
No, not only that, and if we look at some interesting data on organic agriculture SAGARPA (the organization in charge of all these issues in Mexico) we can see that even better results are obtained with many of the foods using organic techniques.
Let’s simply see a comparison made with an ingredient present in almost all Mexican dishes, the red tomato:
In traditional production in 2017 approximately 35 tons per hectare were obtained, on the other hand, in organic production they achieved more than 50 tons, a devastating figure.
But let’s continue looking a little at the SAGARPA organic agriculture data and it is that this organization has also determined that of only about 30 foods that were produced organically before the year 2010, currently more than 80 different types of food are produced with this form of agriculture.
What do we know about Argentina and organic agriculture?
The presence of organic agriculture in Argentina is historical, so much so that by 2018 it was only below Australia in hectares dedicated to this practice.
It is important to clarify that data from more than 180 countries are taken and that despite this Argentina is ranked second in the world.
Of course, the difference between Australia (more than 30 million hectares) and Argentina (just over 3 million hectares) is impressive, but, in the same way, it shows the work that is being done little by little throughout Latin America. to adapt to this way of thinking and working with agriculture.
It is important to mention that despite being very happy with the data, Argentina continues to work to achieve better results and to continue promoting organic thinking in agricultural producers every day.
Organic agriculture advances in Chile with intelligence and a lot of work
Chile is one of the countries that shows us that it doesn’t matter if things don’t go so well one year, that we must continue working to improve every day.
We say this because despite the fact that in 2018 almost 60% of the surfaces stopped working the land with organic thinking, work continues to achieve better results for the year 2020.
What is interesting is that organic agriculture in Chile is not carried out only for local consumption, surprisingly exports are seen a lot in this country and despite the decrease in work surfaces, exports have increased quite a bit.
In Costa Rica you walk slowly, but with the vision set on the organic
Organic agriculture in Costa Rica has not been part of the law for a long time and it was only in 2006 when a law was passed seeking to promote these thoughts and practices in the country.
Despite the short time that this law has been in the country, it has been seen how an excellent job has been done by the producers and that, regardless of the fact that they have faced great challenges along the way, they continue to seek to work to promote a new form of agriculture in the country.
The important thing is that the importance of organic thinking is understood and of trying to get closer to nature and working together (Latin Americans) seeking the common good.
Have you noticed how organic agriculture has changed in Latin America in recent years?
It is really very interesting to see how large countries of the continent are working to achieve changes that improve the way of life of Latinos and that help take care of our environment that needs and deserves so much care.
Let’s live off the land, but give back what we can to have a better life.
If you are still not clear about what organic agriculture is, we invite you to read this article and begin to learn about it and apply it and also become part of this global and Latin American initiative that could lead us to food sovereignty.