Article by the Organic Farming Blog
Since the 90s, marketing organic produce has been growing so fast. It averages 20 to 25 percent each year, reaching $33 Billion (American) in 2005. The demand to manage farmlands is also increasing in percentage. Now, there is about 30.6 million hectares around the globe which are farmed organically—that’s 2% of all the farmland in the world. Why is this so? It is because of the many benefits a farmer can get from organic farming. Here are some of them:
- Organic farming supports higher level of wildlife. Animals can freely roam around. Actually, it’s not only the wildlife that is being supported but also the whole ecosystems.
- Organic farming methods can reduce production cost by more than 25%. It is because these methods shun the use of pesticides and fertilizers—these minimize soil erosion by over 50%.
- Soils in organic farms are rich in micro nutrients which can last for decades and grow crops for a long time.
- The products of organic farms are better than conventional foods because they are healthier and they taste so good.
- Organic foods promote healthy living. These reduce the risk of having strokes, heart attacks or cancer.
- More and more consumers are shifting to organic diets and year after year their numbers are growing. Thus, the profit in this business is huge.
However, to sustain these benefits, you need to follow some principles and ideas. Here are some of them:
- Produce food of soaring nutritional quality in adequate quantity
- Interact with natural systems in a constructive and developmental way
- Encourage and develop biological cycles in the farm, always involve micro organisms, plants and animals, soil flora and fauna
- Conserve the soil and water
- Improve the soil quality and amplify soil fertility
- Promote the proper care and the good use of water, water resources and everything in it
- Use nutrient elements and organic matter
- Work with substances and materials that can be recycled and reused
- Let the livestock such the fishes, poultry, fishes, and other farm animals to perform the normal aspects of their natural behavior
- Maintain genetic diversity of agricultural system which includes the protection and guarding of wildlife habitats and plant
- Minimize forms of pollution which can lead to chaos
- Promote the human rights of all involve in the organic production and processing
- Foster ecological and indigenous production systems which will make sufficient, safe and healthy food for your local communities
Link photo by Suzie’s Farm
Now that you know the principles of organic, do you think organic farming can become mainstream? Read “Can Organic Farming Become Mainstream?” to find out more.
Do you have any other principles of organic farming that you think should be included in the above list?
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