For many people who grow organic vegetables and fruits it might seem like an overwhelming task to produce good tasting and healthy food when you do not use any pesticides and other chemicals. In fact, growing organic can be a very rewarding experience and you will find that it will save you money in the long run because you are not paying the high prices for organic vegetables. You will also have plenty of choices when it comes to food because there are so many types of vegetables and fruits available on today’s market.
There are several things which separate organic agriculture from other kinds of agriculture. First of all organic farming relies on the natural fertilization of the soil. The lack of pesticides and other chemicals in natural fertilization does away with the need for harmful chemicals in order to achieve this end. This means that farmers get more nutrients for their crops and are able to produce healthier, higher quality crops.
Another thing that sets organic farming apart from other types of agriculture is the use of no synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. By using no synthetic materials means that there are no genetic altered seeds being used in order to increase the number of pests and that there are no genetically altered plants being grown for human consumption. In fact, the opposite is true. With today’s market there are actually more crops with modified seeds than without them.
The reason why there are no pesticides and chemical based fertilizers is because they do not go through the natural soil conversion process. When you plant seeds you are starting the natural soil conversion process, which starts with the introduction of bacteria and then later on earthworms to help break down the plant material. What happens during this natural process is that the organic matter in the soil is changed into simple sugars and then into starch. The pesticides that are used do not get changed into starch but rather are converted into simpler compounds such as nitrates and nitrites. Once these chemicals enter the soil bacteria will also start eating these and the cycle will continue.
In order to stop this vicious cycle, organic farming relies on methods such as soil aeration, crop rotation and crop washing. These methods are all designed to gradually improve the soil and allow the crops to have a better chance of reaching the consumers. When you rotate your crops, you are ensuring that you are providing your plants with an alternative food source and that you are improving the soil in turn. This will ensure that the pesticides that are used on your crops do not remain on your food. This will save consumers money by reducing the amount of money that they need to spend on buying pesticides.
The other method of reducing the chemicals in your soil is crop washing. When farmers spray their crops they leave a residue of pesticides on the crops, as the spray dries out the residue is taken up into the soil. Farmers who do this method have found that the residue has prevented the growth of harmful bugs and fungi that could harm the crops. Other farmers have experienced no problem with the insects that have been killed by this method and in fact the insects have increased in number.
The use of natural farming methods to grow food has come under a lot of scrutiny over the last ten years. Many people have blamed pesticides for the increase in herbicide use in the agriculture industry. This chemical use has increased over the last few decades but natural farming methods have actually helped to reduce the use of chemicals by as much as 90%. In fact, many experts believe that if farmers would implement natural farming techniques more than the current use of pesticides, we would be able to feed our countries’ food supply with natural organic matter.
One of the biggest benefits of organic agriculture is that there is no need for the farmers to apply any form of pesticides to their plants, crops or even water sources. No pesticides means no harmful chemicals in our food. This means healthier crops and no risk of dangerous health conditions for consumers. Organic farmers are working hard to convince people to switch to organic products, but if the benefits are not evident now, when will they be?