Understanding the 4 Principles of Organic Farming

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Organic farming is nothing new. Our ancestors used this way before our grandparents were born. And yet, the concept is so alien to us because of conventional farming and how easy it has made the life of farmers in the past decades.

The introduction of chemicals and fertilizers has become so revolutionary that people naturally gravitated towards it. Can you imagine producing more yields? That’s not just about selling these for a profit, but actually having more food on the table. 

At first, the effects of chemicals and synthetic fertilizers are hardly noticeable. Whatever risks were said to be there were dismissed. Many thought some environmentalists were just neglecting the real benefits of conventional farming.

They’re not. Today, organic farming is on the rise again. Studies found that conventional farming can cause diseases such as cancer. The environment suffers, too, in the wake of using synthetic fertilizers and pesticides in farms. Then, there’s also its impact on domestic animals. 

Principle of Health

Organic farming must be free of any chemicals because they should be good for the health and the well-being of animals, soil, plants, and humans. It should sustain one’s physical, mental, and emotional health without the use of synthetic chemicals. It should cultivate and sustain the environment by reducing pollution. 

Principle of Fairness

The use of organic farming means bringing equality to humans and the environment. As the environment takes care of humans so too humans must care for the environment. We can do this through farming processes that use only organic materials and procedures. Organic farming also provides a good quality of life because of its more nutritious food products. It, therefore, could reduce incidences of poverty all over the world. 

Principle of Ecological Balance

The methods of organic farming are based on the cycles of nature. Crops are grown according to seasons. Since these products are not modified by chemicals and procedures, the vegetables, fruits, and plants grow as naturally as possible. They receive the nutrients from the soil and natural compost and manure. They are free of any synthetic chemicals that could possibly pose a health hazard. 

Principle of Care

When we support organic farming, we are directly supporting the future generations. The way we farm today will have a direct effect on what kind of environment we are living to our children and grandchildren. If we care enough about them, we would focus on sustaining whatever’s left of the environment and making it a better place for the generations that will come.

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