Most Amish farms are not organic, and most Amish farmers use a variety of pesticides and fertilizers

amish pesticidesThe perception of the Amish as an antiquated people, living close to the land, may cause some to believe that Amish farm without artificial means.  However, the majority of Amish do rely on chemicals and fertilizers to boost crop yield and control pests.  Amish, like most American farmers, have relied on artificial means for many decades.

A minority of Amish do practice organic farming, and increasing numbers are becoming certified organic.  Organic farming has been seen as a good fit by some Amish.  The higher prices afforded by organic products allow farmers to make a living from smaller acreage, important to the Amish, who face high land prices in many areas.

Organic dairies can be found among Amish in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and elsewhere.  Organic produce farming has grown in popularity among Amish, particularly as markets for organic products have emerged.

For further information, see:

Amish Online Encyclopedia: Do all Amish farm? and What are common myths about the Amish?


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