Farming methods that do not make use of chemicals, synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, genetic engineering and growth regulators are known as organic farming methods. The fact that organic farming is being pushed more by various environment protection agencies is because the methods used for cultivation helps to sustain the environment without wreaking more damage. Also, organic farming methods make best use of all the natural resources available.More...
Is Organic Farming Better For The Environment ?
All countries around the world are dependent on agriculture to help them cater to their ever growing population. The agricultural sector gives employment to almost half of the world's population. Before the advent of technology, the only way that food was grown was through organic farming.
However, when technology started developing during the Second World War, it also had a dramatic effect on the agricultural sector. Conventional farming methods make use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, mechanization and also genetic engineering all in the name of producing maximum yields. Also, many farmers are just growing a single crop instead of using crop rotation, and this causes soil erosion and strips the soil of its nutrients.More...
Advantages And Disadvantages Of Organic Farming
Organic farming does not use any chemicals for growing the fruits, vegetables or plants. It basically uses natural products like kitchen compost and dried foliage. Organic farmers use green manure, different cultivation practices to keep the soil productive and biological pest controls. The fact that no chemicals or synthetic fertilizers are used, ensure high quality food.
Today, organic farming is being touted the best practice to save the environment from pollution and over-cultivation. However, organic farming has advantages and disadvantages, and both are discussed below.More...
Law On Organic Farming
The law that governs organic farming is the Organic Foods Production Act and it was first introduced in the Farm Bill of 1990. The main purpose of this law was to ensure that standards across the country were set for production of organic foods and handling of these foods.
Prior to this law being enacted, state and private agencies were in-charge of certifying foods as organic. However, there was no uniform method of certification, and therefore, the term organic was very broad and varied from one state to the next and also from one local certifier to the next. More...