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Organic Farming and Gardening: The Next Big Thing?

February 26, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 177

Every day we seem to hear horror stories about some major oil spill, a new threat to the ozone, overpowering greenhouse gases, children dying from drinking contaminated water, and many other tragedies. One of the common statements we hear from the "experts" is the depletion of our natural resources. The oil is going to dry-up and water will be scarce in the future. Among those ardent activists in the Go Green movement who are recycling and finding alternate sources of electricity, stands the organic farming industry.

So what is it?

Organic farming, and, to a lesser extent, organic gardening, is a system of growing crops that keeps pollution from a bare minimum, to non-existent. For one thing, chemicals like pesticides and herbicides are not used. Fruits and vegetables are cleaned manually, and other methods to keep the insect population at bay are employed. Crop rotation is perhaps the most beneficial. Whereas most farms growing multiple crops replant the same ones in the same areas, organic farmers and gardeners rotate each season. This ensures the rich nutrients are retained, and pests cannot make a permanent home.

Alongside the benefit of pollution reduction, is the benefit to the consumer: with an absence of pesticides and herbicides, and only organic fertilizer, consumers are less at risk for potentially dangerous diseases and ill-health. Pesticides can cause sickness, and is especially harmful for small children, whose immune systems are not yet strong enough to fight-off harmful toxins.

Organic farming and gardening also reduces the strain on our biological resources. Animals who eat food with pesticides are just as likely to develop the same kinds of illnesses as small children, and many migrate from their home population due to a lack of resources.

With traditional farming, the emphasis leans much more to "how much, how fast". Some make a trade of balancing the importance of natural resources and how many shortcuts can be made to get that extra dollar on the pound. Remember, I said some, not all. Organic farming was born of the necessity to limit our seemingly endless capacity for destruction. The process from seed to growth to consumer may not be as quick as traditional farming, but the result is of a much greater nutritional value, and there is obviously a lack of health-risks that come from eating pesticides.

All in all, from the research I've compiled I can only say that to go organic is the only way to go for those concerned with a healthier world environment for our children and our children's children.

Did this article on organic farming interest you? Then you definitely need to read my ' Why Organic Farming and Gardening?' and 'Facts About Organic Farming and Gardening'. Enjoy!

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