Advantages of organic farming practices
Organically grown food products have a huge market catered to by farmlands covering approximately 10% of the total world-farmland cover. The initial effort made by Sir Albert Howard, the Father of Organic Farming, has paid off, metamorphosing into a practice that sustains soil health and ecosystems, by relying on biodiversity, ecological processes and the progress of innovative health sciences.
The economics of organic farming is characterized by increasing profits via reduced water use, nutrient-contamination by pesticides, reduced soil erosion and carbon emissions and increased biodiversity.
Organic farming produces the same crop variants as those produced via conventional farming methods, but incurs 50% lower expenditure on fertilizer and energy, and retains 40% more topsoil.
This type of farming effectively addresses soil management. Even damaged soil, subject to erosion and salinity, are able to feed on micro-nutrients via crop rotation, inter-cropping techniques and the extensive use of green manure.
Farming the organic way enables farmers to get rid of irksome weeds without the use of any mechanical and chemical applications. Practices such as hand-weeding and soil enhancement with mulch, corn gluten meal, garlic and clove oil, table salt and borax not only get rid of weeds and insects, but also guarantee crop quality.
The use of green pesticides such as neem, compost tea and spinosad is environmentally friendly and non-toxic. These pesticides help in identifying and removing diseased and dying plants in time and subsequently, increasing crop defense systems.
Organic agriculture is definitely more sustainable in the long-term, improving soil fertility and terrain drought resistance greatly. These farming practices completely waive off external costs, incurred due to investment in chemical pesticides and nutrient runoff, and a number of health issues that result from agro-chemical residue.
Why Choose Organic?
- Did you know that if you consumed an average apple you would be eating over 30 pesticides, even after you washed it?
- In the rush to produce more and more crops to satisfy growing demand producers have had to resort to using a lethal cocktail of pesticides to control disease and insect attack.
- Good news for their bank balances perhaps but not good news for your health, this is why you need to be informed of the advantages of organic food.
- The term organic refers not to the food itself, but to how it is produced. Organic foods are grown without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. In California, organic produce is certified in accordance with the California Certified Foods Act of 1990.
- Why choose organically grown foods? Many studies have proven that organically grown foods are more nutritious, and they just taste better. Organic farming methods also help to protect the environment in which we live.
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