Environmental consciousness among consumers and the need to eat organic foods have
necessitated the shift to green agriculture. It entails the adoption of sustainable farming practices
and technol ogies that will boost food production and reduce operating costs without damaging
the environment (Green Agriculture). The new approach increases efficiency by minimizing
wastage and moderates expenses by eliminating the use of chemical inputs. Using o rganic
methods makes the product more marketable as it is deemed healthier when compared to the
foods produced using the traditional approach. Unlike the conventional farming methods, which
are associated with wastage, environmental pollution, and various health and safety concerns, the
green approach conforms to the global requirements of food production and ecosystem health.
Green agriculture minimizes the impacts of farming practices on the environment. The
traditional approach entails the use of pes ticides, herbicides, and organic fertilizers to boost
productivity. Such practices not only harm the environment but also reduce soil fertility due to
reduced microbial activity (Busby et al. 1) . In contrast, the green one promotes the use of organic
far m inputs and environmentally friendly pest and weed management procedures such as crop
rotation (Green Agriculture; Morris and Blekkenhorst 23) . Therefore, farmers should adopt
sustainable cultivation practices as they have little to no harm on the sur roundings.
In addition to harming the environment, the traditional farming approach results in
numerous health and safety concerns. Under traditional agriculture, growing food results in the
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accumulation of dangerous chemicals. The green approach elimi nates their use and encourages
organic inputs. Such food contains lower levels of pesticides and multi -drug resistance bacteria,
which provides numerous health benefits (The Truth about). The use of chemical inputs in
farming exposes individuals to heal th hazards, particularly when they come into contact with
herbicides and pesticides through the skin or lungs. In most instances, using these chemicals
requires one to have protective equipment. However, sustainable agriculture eliminates such
worries alto gether. When compared to the traditional approach, green farming is more suitable as
it protects consumers and cultivators from health and safety concerns respectively.
Shifting from conventional agriculture to the sustainable one is essential as it will enable
farmers to meet the demand for food and cope with numerous environmental challenges in the
future. Global warming is expected to intensify in the future, which will trigger a rise in surface
temperatures. It will necessitate the use of more pestic ides because warmer conditions encourage
the growth of pests (Docksai 13) . The demand for food will also increase because the global
population is expected to rise in the future. These factors will trigger a surge in production costs
and a decline in fa rm yields. Furthermore, an upsurge in the use of farm chemicals will lead to
further problems pertaining to the contamination of water resources (Docksai 13). However, such
problems cannot be encountered when practicing sustainable agriculture. During the shift,
challenges involving lower levels of awareness and the need for quick returns are anticipated.
Therefore, those concerned should keep raising awareness among cultivators to adopt green
farming practices on a wider scale due to their economic viabi lity in the future.
The conventional methods of cultivation pose several challenges ranging from wastage
and health and safety to environmental pollution, particularly due to the use of chemical farm
inputs. The food produced using such means is not hea lthy as it contains accumulated chemicals
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and high levels of bacteria. Nevertheless, sustainable agriculture addresses these challenges as it
eliminates the use of mineral fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides. Instead, it promotes the use of
natural man ures and environmentally friendly pest and weed management systems. Due to the
low adoption rates for green farming, the pertinent stakeholders should embark on awareness
campaigns aimed at convincing cultivators to adopt the practice. This strategy will enable
humanity to satisfy food demand and cope with environmental challenges in the future.
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