Soil is founded upon a symbiotic relationship with everything around, above, and below it, and when this relationship is altered through chemical means, everything is irretrievably altered. Organic farming methods often involve more labor but take far less of a toll on the environment through soil building, crop rotation, careful harvesting, assimilation of the local environment and composting. Conventional non-organic agricultural methods require large amounts of synthetic chemicals and fertilizers which are directly sprayed on the crops or injected directly into the ground. This practice alone destroys the billions of life forms found in a simple handful of soil, thus stripping the land of the essential building blocks of life.
So next time when you question why organic foods are a little higher in price remember that organic farmers are taking care of our earth and the life living around above and below the soil.