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Going The Organic Way

Are you sure about the purity of the food products you buy like regarding free from drugs, chemicals or genetically modifying substances? If not, then don’t worry, simply pick up ‘certified’ organic food products. If eaten fresh then organic foods taste best as they are free from pesticides, insecticides, and are also grown in harmony with our mother nature.

ADVANTAGES OF ORGANIC FOOD 

Now, the first question that comes to one’s mind is that what exactly is organic farming? Well, the answer is pretty simple – Organic foods are those foods that are produced by organic farming.

”Organic farming is a form of agriculture that relies on techniques such as crop rotation, green manure, compost, and biological pest control. Depending on whose definition is used, organic farming uses fertilizers and pesticides (which include herbicides insecticides and fungicides) if they are considered natural (such as bone meal from animals or pyrethrin from flowers), but it excludes or strictly limits the use of various methods (including synthetic petrochemical fertilizers and pesticides; plant growth regulators such as hormones; antibiotic use in livestock; genetically modified organisms; human sewage sludge; and nanomaterials) for reasons including sustainability, openness, independence, health, and safety.”

Organic standards prohibit the use of synthetic fertilizers , pesticides, insecticides as well as herbicides that are commonly used in conventional farming. They also prohibit genetic modification of food products and also giving ‘ hormones’ and antibiotics doses to animals is a big no-no.

Organic agriculture fans are are just not limited to celebrities and higher income group people . Their newly found lovers are naturalists and environmentalists. It hardly allows any dangerous wastes into the environment . This type of farming encourages the use of natural manures and use of biological agents to get rid of pests and weeds. Therefore, this type of farming is far more eco-friendly than its conventional counter part. Often the  conventional farmers uses a large amount of petoleum for the producttion of synthetic pesticides and insecticides. Often, the organisations that supervise the production of organic goods lay centralise guidlines that ensure that the farmers don’t use any artificial method to increase the productivity of their crops , like for example : exposing crops to artificial lights in order to increase their overall crop productivity.

GUIDE FOR ORGANIC FARMING

Now a days many home gardens are turning to organic gardening , a method that ensures to restore the relationship between plants and the environment. Going full fledge organic takes time , patience and lot of commitment . But, ones you are into it , you’ll soon realise its worth and the satisfaction you will get on thinking that your garden is 100 per cent eco- friendly will leave you speechless. Going organic is as much as an atitude as art and practice. The basic idea behind it is, is to accept life in its all forms as they are without trying to dominate it or change it in any form.

1. The first step towards organic farming is to make soil good enough to grow any crop into it. Add lot of mulch, dig up the organic matter or buy some certified organic fertilizers and manures from plant nursery to prepare your soil for growing organic food.

2. Try to plant various varities and species of plants and interbreed them so as to promote  biodiversity in your garden.

3. Pick up only those plants that are compatible to the soil of your garden and as well as with the climate of your place.

4. Practice crop rotation in order to restore lost nutrients and minerals so as to prevent infertilty of soil and also diseases.

5. Bring natural pesticides to your rescue at time of pest infestation. There are some insects , worms and birds that feed on these pests therby protecting your crops getting damaged at the same time maintaing the ecological balance.

6. Try to accept nature in its original form and accept it with its imperfection . In a long run it will give you lot of satisfaction and you feel proud of doing your own little bit in protecting our environment.

TRICKY TERMS

Often, the meat that is labelled ‘ hormone free’ or ‘chemical free’ isn’t necessarily organic. The label might be indicating that no growth hormones were fed to the animals during their rearing. Also, fertilizers and manures may be labelled as organic, but often these does not mean that they are ‘certified’ organic. For example , if a fertilizer contains more than 5.5 percent of nitrogen are rarely organic , so look for the symbol of a nationally certified body.

TIPS FOR GOING ALL THE WAY ORGANIC 

The first step for creating an organic garden is to safely dispose off any chemicals . If you are clueless about how to go about it then without any hesitation contact your local council for advice and also for guiding you about the same. You can also visit a permaculture garden for inspiration and dicover different ways to create a healthy garden out of an infertile , worn – out land. A garden that is free from pesticides and other chemicals is kinder on all living organisms and costs much less to maintain . In addition , organic produce is pretty expensive , and so growing your own will cost you less. And if you are planning to a full-fledged farm than you are definately in an upcoming next big thing and would definately make a lot of profit!  Before buying any product for organic farming look out for symbol of an accredited organization that approves that the product is 100 percent organic. Remember that the organic fruits and  vegetables may nbot be uniform in their shape and size. They are grown on the basis of their nurtitional content and taste and not for looks. Some organic products have shorter shelf life as they do not contain any kind of presevatives and hence, should be consumed as soon and as fresh as poosible . Lastly , don’t get put off by an odd insect in your fruits or vegetables as it is a good sign that your fruit or vegetables has not been terated with chemical . So smile!