You see it on the news, at protests, in magazines and newspapers. We hear about climate change, fossil fuels, oil and coal. It’s everywhere. People are even considering the replacement of the dollar for the Euro as the world’s reserve currency. Yet, there is a solution to the environmental problems that we are causing, and it has nothing to do with the price of fossil fuels.
The solution is organic farming.
Organic farming will solve the environmental problems that we are causing. It will bring abundance, freshness and quality to our lives. As we continue to use the fossil fuels that we stole from the past generations, we are causing irreparable damage to our planet.
A few years ago, it was hard to find organic foods. Now, you can find them at any grocery store. You can find them online as well. You can also find your local grocer that sells them if you type in “organic farming” in the search box.
Organic farming is an alternative to conventional farming. Unlike the fertilizers, pesticides and growth inhibitors that conventional farmers use, organic farmers rely on what they refer to as “natural means” to improve plant growth.
In the following paragraphs, you will learn more about organic farming and how it benefits the environment.
Organic farming does not use synthetic fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides to grow the crops. Instead, they use natural things like manure, compost and even rainwater to maintain healthy plant growth. In conventional farming, the crop is planted in late summer to early fall to allow the nutrients to be absorbed by the plants by the time winter arrives. It is usually abandoned before spring comes along to allow the plants a chance to assimilate the nutrients. This leaves the crops vulnerable to pests and diseases that might be present by the time spring arrives. With organic farming, the crops are planted in early spring to allow the nutrients to be absorbed by the crops by spring. This means that the crops are not put into production until just before harvest, giving the crops a head start on the winter. The result is healthier crops, that are ready for harvest when it is needed.
With natural means by which to improve plant growth, the environmental damage is reduced. There is less wastage of water and fertilizer that do not belong to the farming operation. They are used by someone else. With organic farming, they are used by the farmer. Therefore the environmental damage is also reduced. The nutrients are absorbed by the crops before they are applied to the soil. This provides the crops with the required nutrients to build strong plants with enhanced strength. This in turn results in plants with stronger roots and larger absorptive pores so that they can draw up nutrients from the soil to support their growth.
The environmental benefits of organic farming were already well known and documented in the early 20th century. It became evident that these benefits might also apply to the livestock industry.
The importance of the social and economic role of the farming enterprise has been emphasized in the past. In the latter, it is the farmer who is the producer and the animal is the product. This has implications on the use of fertilizers and animal feed.
With organic farming, the farm can play a mediator role between the farm animal and the human food. Organic farming allows the farm to meet the animal with an environment that promotes growth and sustains the animal in its current state. As the animal is now well-fed and strong, it is now ready for human consumption.
To produce meat and dairy products, animals are kept in barren, concrete or open enclosures which have perches and branches to encourage browsing. Animals kept on organic farms will wander and play around their enclosures and the pasture lands from whence they were taken. The enclosure should have plenty of vegetation to encourage growth of vegetation. The enclosures should be placed near to rivers, streams, ponds and be safe from predators, temperature and predators should be in perfect balance. The animal foods should also be placed near to the water and vegetation.
There should be plenty of green plants around the enclosures so that the pasture lands are moist. This ensures the growth of green leaves and shoots which are eaten by the animals, enabling them to survive. Organic farmers prefer using organic animal feed for their animals to prevent the contamination of their food with harmful substances. They avoid using hormones and antibiotics for their animals as these can affect the growth of the animals and also induce health problems in the humans.
The organic foods sold in the market are usually contaminated with chemicals. They are usually fried, smoked, cured and salted to make them palatable. To ensure the safety of the human food, the animals are given organic food before their release from the farm. Organic food is also given to children and women who are nursing babies.