16 Sep

Organic Farming And Going Green

Though organic farming seems to be a new, up and coming trend in the United States, it is not new to the farming world. Farming techniques started to change during the eighteenth century with the development of artificial fertilizers. Over time, in order to keep up with the demand, farmers became dependent upon synthetic fertilizers to help control pests, improve fertilization and pollination, to maintain the soil over extended periods of time, and to increase quantities of produce.

What we forget is that before the development of artificial fertilizers and pesticides, organic farming had been the norm and had actually been practiced in many cultures for thousands of years. Today, what we see is simply a return to organic, all-natural farming that was used prior to the development of artificial fertilizers.

Organic farming is appealing for many reasons. Here are 3 things for you to consider:

1. Increase Overall Health of the Environment

Organic farming helps maintain the overall health of the environment by reducing the level of pollution in the air, water and soil. Free from synthetic fertilizers, organic farming helps eliminate harmful chemicals being introduced and released into the atmosphere. (Preserving our precious water sources!) In contrast to modern farming techniques which use synthetic or chemical fertilizers, organic farming distributes bio fertilizers such as crop, animal, farm and aquatic waste into the soil in order to encourage growth and high produce yields.

2. Soil Preservation

Organic methods help maintain, strengthen, and preserve the soil. Alternative fertilizing methods, such as using compost and green manure, help create a highly productive soil, full of the necessary nutrients and microorganisms which are vital to the plant's growth. Because organic farming is free of synthetic chemicals, the soil will not be depleted of vital nutrients. In a way, you could say that organic farming ensures the maximum utilization of the resource in that it is still here for years to come. The point is to reduce physical and chemical damage to the soil so that it does not become infertile, dry, loose, or invaded by pests.

3. Live Healthier With Nutritionally-Rich Produce

Organic farming's all-natural approach increases the nutritional value and overall health of the produce farmed in healthy soil. The more nutrients in the soil, the better it is for both the plants and for us as consumers. A surplus of nutrients allows plants to grow to their full potential. And consequently, we are able to eat, digest and reap the benefits of all the nutrients offered from these plants. Eating healthier will help you live healthier, not only now but in the future years to come. (On a side note, organic foods are also said to be tastier compared to those grown in a greenhouse or on a high-production agricultural farm that uses chemical fertilizers.)

It doesn't matter if you think of organic farming as an old or new trend. What we do know currently and from centuries beforehand is that organic farming helps the environment, preserves the soil, and produces nutrient-dense plants. What more could you ask for?

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