“Food is only considered as food when it does not harm you”. In organic farming, the farmer composts and recycles wastes from crops and animal manure to make the soil fertile. They rotate crops within the field to allow the soil to rest between harvest. An organic farmer has good amount of knowledge on how to make the best use of insects, pests and weeds rather than eradicating them completely using pesticides or other harmful chemicals. Organically grown foods have large market worldwide and organic foods are sold like hotcakes in big super markets like stop and shop. Though organic food is expensive, people don’t mind to spend any amount of money to eat healthy food. Since the demand for organic food grew, organic farming became a profitable options and rewarding too to all the farmers.
Advantages of Organic Farming:
1) A low cost solution to global warming: Organic Farming fights against Global warming: Have you ever wondered, the cost to prevent global warming? It is not that costly if you implement organic farming which is inexpensive according to a white paper published by roadie Institute in May 2014.Organic farming practices and improved land management can move agriculture from one of the present day’s most primary sources of global warming and carbon pollution to a potential carbon sink which is powerful enough to sequester 100% of the world’s current carbon dioxide emissions annually. Organic farming can lower the energy inputs and the agriculture’s impact on global warming. This can help the farmers to adapt to the rising global temperatures. This is done by sequestering 100 % of current carbon dioxide emissions and minimizing the loss of that carbon once returned to the soil. Thus reversing the greenhouse effect.
2) Better able to adapt to climate change:
Organic farmers are able to bear climate change in a better way because the healthy organic soils can retain the moisture better during drought conditions, making it more available to plant roots. Even during floods, these organic soils helps to percolate water better thus reducing the soil erosion and run off.
3) Better Yield:Rodale institute states that the yield of corn and soybeans is comparable during good weather whereas organic soils are 28-70% produce higher yield compared to conventional soils during the periods of drought. This number can increase in developing countries.
4)Pesticide and chemical residue control in soil: By maintaining good health of soil, water, air, flora and fauna, Organic farming can help to minimize the use of pesticides and chemicals. It also reduces major environmental issues like air pollution, soil erosion, water pollution etc.
Importance of Organic Farming:
5) Protection of the bee’s native habitat and biodiversity: Lack of nutritional food sources and habitat are key reasons for the decline of pollen grains. Bees need a diversity of plant population to have sufficient pollen and nectar to support their hives. Since organic producers manage their farms in such a way that enhances natural resources, organic farms tend to have more diverse landscape with a wide variety of flowering plants which in turn can help the bees to have a variety of pollen to feed upon.
6)Less exposure to toxic chemicals:Bees can be hurt by the insecticides and the toxic chemical pesticides, synthetic toxins, herbicides and fungicides which are used in industrial agriculture. Neonicotinides can be used as a spray and but also acts as a seed coating which is toxic to all the insects. When seeds are treated with neonicotinoids, the toxin then transfers into plant tissue which can be present in sap and plant nectar. Bees feed on this sap and plant nectar. Organic farming restricts the use of these synthetic pesticides by the organic farmers and advices them to use integrated pest management techniques.
7) Preserves animal health and welfare: Chemical sprays and pesticides destroy not only bees but also destroys the natural habitat of many fishes, birds, and insects etc. As said previously, Organic farming can help to preserve the natural habitat of birds and other natural predators by acting as a natural pest control.
8) Organic farming controls water pollution and ensures water conservation: Due to leaching and runoff of chemicals and pesticides, the water reservoirs are getting polluted and many flora and fauna gets killed. Organic farming stops the pesticide and chemical runoff and helps to prevent water supplies unpolluted and keep them clean. A recent study published by sustainable agriculture has found that organic farming methods help to lower the rate of water pollution in US waterways. In the Upper Midwestern states, nitrate leaching from farming soil into water drainage systems is a major source of water pollution. It was also observed from USDA long term study that organic farming practices such as the application of composted animal manure and the use of green manures and forage legumes with extended cropping rotations helps to improve quality of water.
9) Encourages Biodiversity:
Organic farming helps to reduce harmful chemicals, pesticides, and herbicides which wash off the the major flora and fauna present in the soil. Through organic farming, animals, birds, insects and natural plants will survive and maintains them in abundant quantity thereby maintaining the ecological balance.
Benefits of Organic Farming:
Organic farming could make a big difference for developing nations in adapting to climate change.
As more and more people are embracing organic foods to stay healthy, investment in organic farming is very profitable. This is because of the increasing demand due to the realization of healthy diet. It was proved that food such as grains, vegetables and fruits from organic farms are more tastier, nutritious and healthier when compared to those from inorganic farms. If you sell fresh food items in a good location, you will win for sure. Make sure that you sell only only fresh, healthy and organic items only to retain the trust of the public. So, lets start our Organic Farming Business Plan.