Organic Farming and Its Advantages
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Organic Farming and Its Advantages

Organic farming uses methods that will help save Mother Earth.

Organic farming is a form of agricultural practice that uses natural methods of farming. This means that chemicals, pesticides and other forms of substances that could harm the environment are not used in organic farming. Organic farming uses the natural methods of farming like crop rotation, green manure, compost, biological pest control, mechanical cultivation and other natural methods to maintain the fertility and productivity of the soil. Pest control is also done by organic methods.

In organic farming, the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides is not allowed because these chemicals will harm the productivity of the soil. Farmers who use synthetic fertilizers and pesticides claim that they have to increase the amount of usage of the chemicals every year to make them effective. This means that if a farmer is using ten sacks of synthetic fertilizer in a certain year; he has to increase the number of sacks to use in the same farm area in the next planting season. As fertilizers and chemicals are increased, the more pollution it contributes to the environment and the more chances the soil will be harmed. What is worse, the soil will not be productive anymore if the use of synthetic fertilizer is stopped. It takes years before the productivity of the soil could be regained.

Practicing organic farming is good for the soil. The soil does not need chemicals in order to produce good crops. The weeds and the other organic things around a farm could be used as a fertilizer by turning them to composts. Some farmers use animal manure as fertilizers for their crops.

Organic farming combines the traditional way of farming and some modern innovations to improve production. Using the most natural methods in farming will avoid the adverse effects to the soil. Organic farming is internationally recognized because of the positive effects that it contributes to the environment as well as to animals and people. In organic farming, livestock feeds come from natural sources which are very safe for human consumption. Without the use of chemicals and artificial growers to make livestock production faster, meat are safer for people to eat.

Organic farming is now used by many farmers because farmers are now aware of the adverse effects of using chemicals and synthetic fertilizers and pesticides to soil. With natural methods of farming, it is not only the people who can benefit but the environment could also be saved from further pollution.

Even at this fast face technology of the modern world; farmers who are concerned could always go back to the basics where chemicals were unknown and nature is the only thing that mattered. The environment is being harmed every day from the different pollutants being created by man so if farmers use organic farming, this would be a great move for farmers to help save Mother Earth.


More Damage from Pesticides and Herbicides

More studies have found that non-organic farming with all of the fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides are doing a great deal of damage to creeks, rivers, lakes and oceans killing fish.

Not only do fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides damage the soil, but it runs off of the soil. This runoff has to go somewhere and it goes right into our waterways. When the fertilizers and other chemicals run off of the land and into our waterways, it causes what is known as an algae bloom. These algae blooms can become so big, as to make the waterway impassable.

When the algae blooms die, they sink to the bottom of the water and decompose. This process removes the oxygen from the water. This creates a dead zone in the water that kills fish, with the surviving fish moving away to other places.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Americans go through 75 million pounds of pesticides each year just to keep bugs of their crops, home gardens and lawns. Every time it rains, this poison goes right into our creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes and oceans.

More Benefits of Organic Farming and Gardening

When we buy products that are labeled organic, we are fairly certain that the food we are eating has not had synthetic pesticides, synthetic fertilizer and synthetic herbicides used on them.

Another reason organic farming has become so very popular is because in order to be labeled as organic, organic farmer cannot use GM (genetically modified) seeds or plants.

An even better way to eat healthier is to grow your own food during the summer. Having a backyard is one of the most popular hobbies in the United States and around the world. You can plant what you like and not use any type of synthetic chemicals on your food, plus you can make sure your seeds and plants are all GMO free.

Every time you buy organic food and or you grow your own organic garden, you are helping the planet.

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Comments (3)

Most interesting article Lisa! - I have a personal interest in all things organic, being a lecturer at: - we are also starting a vermiculture section allied to this, to cut out any synthetic fertilizers as you mention above.

I have a daughter that's really getting into this. I'm sending her the link.

I like this idea.