Organic Farming can be described as a method of farming which is primarily aimed at raising the crops and cultivating the land in such a manner as to keep the soil healthy and alive. There is no use of pesticides involved and it is done by using organic wastes (animal, crop, aquatic and farm wastes) along with some beneficial microbes (biofertilizers) to provide nutrients to crops for an increased soil sustainability.
With health being the first priority of today’s customer, organic food is gaining popularity and is coming up as a healthy and ethical choice. Let’s know how organic farming can prove beneficial to environment and humans in long run:
Benefits of Organic Farming:
It discourages the use of “Pesticides”: Pesticides and chemical use can result in a negative impact on the environment and living beings. The use of pesticides in the soil allows disease resistance to build up in plants, crops, weeds, fungi and bacteria. It can also contaminate the soil, air and water supply. With the use of synthetic chemicals, smart farming practices such as crop rotation are often discouraged and result in soil erosion. But, in organic farming, there is no use of chemicals and pesticides, this protects the environmental degradation and promotes healthy crop production and farming.
Helps Build Healthy Soil: If the soil is treated with unhealthy practices, such as chemicals and pesticides, the soil may end up being unhealthy and not worthy to thrive on its own. Therefore, in order to grow healthy food, the soil must be healthy first. Natural cultivation process that is organic farming is far better than chemical and pesticides used soil management.
Helps fight Global Warming: According to a US Report study, if 10,000 medium-sized farms are converted in organic farm production, they would be able store so much carbon in the soil that would be equivalent of taking 1,174,500 cars of the road. This would promote less of carbon percentage in the air, resulting in one of the ways to fight global warming.
Supports Overall Water Health and Water Conversation: As we all know, water is “life” and when the water supply bodies are at risks, the whole planet is at risk. Organic farming supports water conservation by making and amending soil correctly and by making use of mulch, both of these ways help conserve the water.
Helps Combat Soil Erosion: Organic farming not only does contribute to a healthy soil, it also helps to combat serious environmental issues like soil erosion and land issues. There is a need to take erosion issues seriously because they affect the land, food supplies, and the humans.Organic farming discourages any such land issues, by making the correct and effective use of soil.
If every farming practice is converted into organic farming practice, then some serious environmental degradation issues can be easily fought. Also, the food and crop produced from organic farming are much healthier and nutritious as compared to other farming practices.