What is organic farming? How it promotes healthy living? Organic farming is a method of agriculture which relies crop production on the green manure, the compost, and also the biological pest control instead of using pesticides and herbicides. Therefore such process can help individuals have a healthy lifestyle because of the absence of chemical content.
These organic agricultural methods are internationally regulated and legally enforced by many nations. In our cooperative, all our suppliers’ farms are fair-trade and organically certified by an international certifying body. Fair-trade in the sense that we follow the international fair-trade protocol especially regarding wage compliance requirements and child labor laws. Organic also because the only allowed fertilizer in our farms is SALT. It is based on minimum use of off-farm inputs also on management practices that restore, sustain and enhance environmental harmony.
With the increasing environmental awareness of the general public here and abroad the initially supply-driven organic movement transforms into a demand-driven one. For coconut farmers, premium prices attracted farmers to convert their farms to organic.
Organic farming practices are a mixture of scientific knowledge about ecology and modern technologies because methods are based on natural biological processes. It also deals with the protection of the environment and working in harmony with existing ecosystems, including the conservation of water, soil and energy, and the use of renewable resources and natural cycles of agriculture.
Also, organic products are not necessarily completely free of chemicals. They can be grown on land that was not previously used for the production of organic food, and, therefore, may contain chemical residues. However, the residues of pesticides in the organic feed are much lower than in products produced by synthetic chemicals.
Most people purchase organically-grown food produce because they are concerned about pesticides, additives, antibiotics or other chemical residues. Although pesticide residuals in fruit and vegetables are observed, many people believe organic food is healthier. Some people are worried about the long-term medical, economic and environmental consequences of genetically produced foods and choose organic foods.
There are many advantages of using methods of organic farming, some of which we have discussed earlier in this article. Here are a few advantages of organic farming:
1. It was noted that it could reduce the cost of production by almost 30% since it does not use expensive synthetic fertilizers or pesticides.
2. It does not pollute the air, water, and soil, as usual, farming.
3. It preserves the soil and prevents soil erosion.
4. Soil fertility lasts for a longer period so that farmers can use the land for a longer time.
5. It naturally contributes to the creation of a variety of habitats. Places, where organic farming takes place, are full of insects, birds, and animals.
6. Consuming organic food reduces the likelihood of diseases such as cancer, heart problems and much more.
Organic food contributes to a more healthy and more sustainable use of natural resources. Modern methods of farming, including excessive use of chemicals, have led to a decline in soil fertility and increased salinity and blue-green algae on waterways for many years. Organic farmers are trying to minimize environmental damage, using physical control of weeds, as well as animal and green manure.
Organic food is often more expensive than conventionally-produced food because organic farming operates on a smaller scale. The production is more labor intensive, and yields are lower. It is a known fact that when you use herbicides and pesticides, you get high production.
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