The Advent of Organic Farming: a Solution to Every Pollution Problem
|By: organicfarmingblog, 1:00 PM GMT on March 20, 2013||+0|
Organic farming has been around for the past few years already, and it is said to be the dream solution to every farmer’s problem – pollution. This is a form of agricultural system that is quite similar to the system of thriving natural ecosystem, which enhances the soil’s carbon content. Although this method is not new already, its popularity rose after the peak of industrial revolution. Organic farming is a traditional method which provides better yields than the modern inorganic methods in maintaining soil balance. Below is a comparison between organic farming and contemporary methods.
Biological Insect Control versus Pesticides
The modern method of farming focuses heavily on the use of synthetic substances in a form of insecticides and pesticides, which may pose danger to many living things. Conversely, organic gardening promotes thriving of living organisms while producing better results. They utilize biologic pest control as the method in killing pests and weeds in an organic way. This is conducive for upholding the balance of ecosystem and promoting greener movement that is alternative to inorganic farming.
Crop Rotation versus Mono Cropping
The organic type of farming utilizes crop rotation to maintain the fertility of the soil through replenishment of nitrogen with the use of green manure. This prevents depletion of nutrients in the soil, provides sufficient soil cover and lessens soil erosion caused by rainfall and constant change of the climate condition. When the farmer rotates crop with deep roots and shallow roots, the root structure will greatly improved.
In comparison, the modern industrial type of farming focuses on cultivating a single crop on a land area. Unfortunately, growing a single crop in a number of years can be dangerous, as cultivating a regular crop is prone to pathogenic attacks which can result in crop destruction. Fortunately, crop rotation can prevent the buildup of pathogens through intervening the pest cycle. This becomes the natural way of controlling pathogens and pests. Presently, some countries are utilizing crop rotation method because of its cost-effectiveness.
People are starting to realize the essentials of organic farming as an alternative way in saving biodiversity of the ecosystem due to the people’s awareness in several environmental issues. It has been proven that the use of synthetic substances that are used in modern farming can have an unfavorable effect in people’s health. With this, there’s an increase demand of organic food products. Many farmers are resorting to the use of organic farming as a method of agriculture.
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