We’ve all heard about organic products and how good they are for the body and our health, etc., etc., But what makes an organic product, well, organic? How different was its growth compared to other crops and vegetation? Organic soil plays a big part on how “good” a product is.
By definition, organic soil is a result of the decomposition of plants and animals. It has been naturally amended by these natural phenomena. For decades, organic soil and its many benefits have been put in the backburner as agribusinesses turn to chemical fertilizers to make their soil nutrient-rich. Why is that? Simply because chemical fertilizers, because of their commercial market, tend to be cheaper compared to organic soil, which has to go through a specialized treatment process in order to be viable for agriculture and even gardening.
Farmers who want to produce organic products must meet the requirements and strict regulations set by the United States government to develop soil that can rear organic products. Remember, a soil is a living material, depleted by environmental degradation and the use of chemical products on agricultural soil. To turn it into organic, its original state, farmers must amend the soil by adding essential organic compounds. The intent is to restore the “original richness” of the soil before it has been depleted by modern-day industrialization.
Organic soil cultivates plants more than non-organic soil can. Because of its composition, it is less likely to “pack” and breaks up easily. This is more apt for planting agricultural products. Even in home gardens, organic soil results to better shrubs, flowers, etc. Through the process of amending the soil and turning it back into its organic state, the nutrient content of the soil is increased and therefore, it becomes more resistant to pathogenic invasion that can harm plant life. A healthy organic soil creates a “powerful” mycelial layer that detoxifies the land from pesticides and other chemical substances.
When farmers use organic soil, they don’t need to spray them with pesticides and other chemicals. The richness of the organic soil provides some sort of natural protection for plants, and commercial-grade pesticides and fertilizers will fail to meet the same standards.
How effective is organic soil? Crops that grew in organic soil contain higher levels of nutrients, minerals, and antioxidants. It is also good for the environment since it uses 50 percent less energy than the other chemically-oriented methods of agribusiness.