A Deeper Look Into Organic Farming.
With food shortages around the world, kids are some of the worst hit. Areas of Africa are flooded with children dying of starvation. What’s the solution? The world is turning to GMO’s to quickly make food. But is that the right solution? While it provides more food, these products may be causing an world wide epidemic leading to obesity, depression, stress and a general decline in society. Now, more than ever, we need to switch back to organic ingredients.
These GMO’s are also finding their way into skin care. When natural ingredients are no longer used, they turn to chemicals. Some chemicals are so cheap, they are literally given away. Gasoline production companies found it was too expensive to properly dispose of byproducts and so give it to cosmetic companies for free. These chemicals fill your perfumes, shampoos, lotions, moisturizers, etc.
It’s no coincidence even the privileged are seeing a rapid decline in health. Premature aging, eczema, hormone disruption, psoriasis, acne, etc. can all be linked to these chemicals.
So when deciding to go organic, you must not only chose the right foods, but also switch to natural and organic beauty products. In order to understand why, let’s start with where the crops come from.
What is Organic Farming?
This is one of the types of farming that involves rearing of animals and cultivating different types of plants all under natural environment. In order to carry out this type of farming, biological materials are in most cases used with the main aim of conserving soil fertility. Crop rotation, use of manure, natural pesticides and natural mineral salts are some of the few techniques employed in this type of farming. All these are done to make sure that there exist a complete and fair relationship between human beings, the ecosystem and soil health issues.
So want makes a particular type of farming organic? The farming should be able to protect the soils and support biological activities all based on natural techniques. Controlling of pests and weed using the natural methods such as crop rotation and predators that are naturally bred. Cultivation of crops that are able to fix nutrients into the soil such as the legumes that fix nitrogen into the soil. Observing keenly on environmental conservation.
Organic farming is usually guided by key principles so as to make sure that it is being done in the right way and efficiently. The principles include: Ecological balance. Organic farming should be able to enhance a balance between living organisms that exist within the environment. It should highly support nature and its components too. The health principle states that this type of farming should be able contribute to the well-being of humans, animals, soil and plants health wise. The care principle on the other hand states that organic farming should be done with much care taking into considerations the present generation and future generations to come. While doing all these, the environment should also be kept in mind. Fairness is the last principle which entails observation of justice when carrying out this type of farming. Generally, organic farming is always fair by providing food to humans, enriching the soil and at the same time giving nutrients to the other plants in the universe.
What Are The Key Benefits Of Organic Farming?
Best Nutrition. Organic farming usually result in production of food stuffs that are rich in nutrients and mineral salts that are highly needed by the human body to enhance growth and development. Since the soil is fed by organic based fertilizers and other nutrients, they will be absorbed by the crops cultivated. 2. Poison free foods. The foods produced by this type of farming are usually poison free to the consumers. This is because, the type of farming discourage use of pesticides and other form of chemical products to the crops and soil. Toxic foods which are produced by inorganic farming always result to health complication such as cancer. Organic foods, on the other hand, have no toxic substance thus best recommended for consumption. 3. Lower Input Costs. Organic farming does not employ the use of inorganic fertilizers and other chemical-based soil fertility enhancers. These materials are always expensive and thus by employing these type of farming, the farmers will save on the cost of farm inputs. The crops and even animals in organic farming always develop a stronger resistance to pests and diseases. One of the major consumer of financial resources is always for pest control and diseases. This means that the farmers practicing this farming will have to channel the portion of money reserved for this case on other farm sectors that will contribute to their productivity.4. Environmental conservation. Since organic farming only use farm inputs without inorganic chemicals, the soil will be enriched with fertility and nutrients through natural means. For example, the legumes that supply the soil with nitrogen. In so doing, the plants in the environment will be maintained and support of animals that rely on the plants for food continue. This builds an ecosystem in which fairness and justice exist since there will be no introduction of chemicals into the atmosphere.
Even though organic farming has many benefits, one of its major set back in productivity. The crops and animals in organic farming usually take time to be ready for consumption compared to those produced by the inorganic farming. With increasing population, there is a high demand for food which the organic farming can’t provide and sustain. This has seen a laxity in the entire organic farming and increased its vulnerability to extinction.
Luckily, more and more people are taking notice. Even some “higher ups” are condemning the effects industrial farming is causing on the plant. If we want to have a good environment for our children to grow up in, we need to make changes now for their sake and for our sake.