Organic Farming – Good For Everyone!

At the outset, let’s briefly understand in basic terms what organic farming is. Well organic farming, also known as organic agriculture can be defined as an agricultural activity done mainly to retain the fertility of the soil and for pest control. It does not involve the utilization of factory-made synthetic fertilizers, genetically modified organisms, pesticides or any other sort of growth regulators in it. Due to the fact that it applies 100% nature-loving techniques, the method is widely applied across the globe with more than 35 million ha of land already is under it.

What are the benefits of organic agriculture for the farmer?

High returns
Organic food is normally sold at prices slightly higher than those of conventional food. This marginal advantage is very important for farmers who need to maximize on profits realized from their hard work.

Low investment
Organic farming is not capital intensive. Further, since organic pesticides and fertilizers can be prepared locally, the overall costs incurred by the farmer at the end of the day are low. Low investment combined with high returns lead to huger profits.

Reduced borrowing rates and stress
Due to its cost effective nature, organic agriculture reduces the need for a farmer to depend on money lenders for capital. Bad occurrences such as crop failure, therefore, do not render the farmer a debt slave.

Efficient utilization of available resources
Organic agriculture involves synergy with various animal life and plant forms. This phenomenon leads to high efficiency in the utilization of available resources.

Proper utilization of the existing stock of traditional knowledge
Farmers have lots of traditional farming skills that cannot be applied in conventional agriculture. Organic farming thus taps into this resource and converts it into something useful for the human race.

Benefits of organic agriculture for consumers

Taste good
Organic foods are better in quality than conventional foods. Regardless of minimal price differences, one can taste (and even smell) the difference in the quality of organic food products.

Healthy and safe
The Soil Association notes that organic meals increases consumption of antioxidants, minerals, essential fatty acids and vitamins. Non-organic diets normally contain harmful chemicals and pesticides that are designed to kill. By eating organic meals, you’ll therefore be steering clear from cases of infertility, cancer, asthma and allergies which characterize conventional food consumption.

Strong future generations
Research by the Environmental Working Group indicates that pesticides and other harmful chemicals in food can find their way through the placenta thus creating health risks for unborn babies. By resorting to organic foods, you’ll not only be safeguarding your kid’s growth in the womb but creating a better future for them.

Reduced risk of heart attacks
Consuming organic foods reduces your chances of suffering from cancer, strokes and/or heart attacks. Renowned Biochemists confirm that there is a connection between high dependence on conventional foods and the current record breaking cases of cancer.

As you can see from the two sections of this article, organic agriculture harbor good benefits for both the producers and the consumers. Regardless of whether you’re a farmer or a buyer, one thing is for sure- these foods highly essentially for happy and healthy living.

Zara is a passionate blogger and works in the agriculture sector as a provider of agriculture software for farmers.

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