In recent 10 to 15 years world has seen a great change in almost every walk of life and with rapid development and improvement in quality of life people have started taking their health related issues very seriously as a result of which serious questions have been raised about the consequences modern medicines can have on our body to how is the food we eat has been grown and treated.
The wide awakening of the people to the harmful side effects of pesticides and chemical or synthetic fertilizers has led to many people switching to eating organically grown food which relies on natural resources rather than artificial ones.
Organic farming is the latest trend and its growing popularity has led to people raising questions like is it really 100% safe for eating or does organic food have higher nutritional values. Let us discuss about some of the basis of organic farming and see how different and beneficial it can be for both human and the surrounding environment.
Organic Farming Promotes Soil Health
Farmers who use organic methods try to maintain proper soil fertility and keep its biological balance intact. Crop rotation helps in providing nutrients like nitrogen from legume crops. Composted manure, naturally mined lime products and manure are very commonly used for maintaining soil health.
The organic farming system relies on the inherent equilibrium in nature. You will be surprised to know that most pests insects have their natural enemies which help in keeping their population in check. In conventional farming this balance is completely disturbed because chemical pesticides kill all life form in the soil which in the long run makes the soil unfit for agriculture as well.
For growing organic food there should have been no use of prohibitive substances on the land for minimum three years, it should be bordered and at a comfortable distance from lands where conventional farming is taking place.
There are many agencies run by government’s of respective countries which help the farmers understand the basis of growing organic food. In USA their is USDA which has the world’s strictest guidelines for organic farming. There are different labels for organic foods like 100% organic, 95% organic or 70% organic.
In the end we can conclude that with all the development and modernization people still prefer things which are closer to nature that is why ancient arts like organic farming and alternative form of medicines like ayurveda are now slowly regaining their lost glory.