The History of Organic Foods

Organic food refers to any food that is grown without the detrimental interference of synthetic and unnatural methods or materials. The practise of using chemical fertilizers, artificial pesticides, and techniques of farming such as the application of radiation for faster growth gives yield that is not organic in nature. The growing demands of the modern world have led to farming ethics that cause damage to the land as well as the health of its consumers.

In the1940s, Dr. Norman Borlaug, an American agronomist, spearheaded the drive to produce more food in a limited amount of time, marking the start of the era which we now know as the Green Revolution. India soon caught up in the 1960s, with the introduction of genetically modified seeds of wheat. Dr M.S.Swaminathan, known as the father of Green Revolution in India, helped to spread this new wave to farmers across the country. It proposed a beneficial market for farmers, and made India a self-sufficient country in terms of wheat production.

But soon, farmers started realizing its negative effects: these seeds proved to drain the soil of its nutrients and moisture causing irreparable damage to land. By now, the pressure was mounting on the farmers to give larger produce in lesser time and eventually they were forced to abandon their old ways to keep up with the changing times.

Today, with more awareness and insights available, it must be considered that organic farming is beneficial to not just out health but also the well-being of the environment.

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Organic Gardening Tips

Interested in growing your own organic produce? You’ll be surprised to know that you don’t have to be a farmer or have a large land to maintain an organic garden. Organic produce can be grown in a limited space with a mere functional knowledge of gardening. The produce will let you enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables in addition to giving you the satisfaction of being the gardener! Here are few handy tips to consider to grow an organic garden in your own backyard or terrace:

Space

One can grow plants in as compact a place as a container; all you have to keep in mind is that most organic plants need at least 6 hours of sunlight. In cites, this provides an easy solution to avoiding the expensive organic produce available in the markets.

Soil

The health of the soil is integral to the health of the plant you are growing. It must be ensured that the soil is frequently treated with manure, and organic matter such as vegetable waste, leaves etc. The soil must be regularly turned to allow aeration. It’s a good practice to test the soil for common toxic materials like lead before you start out.

Seed

Choose your seeds according to the seasons that would support their growth. Plants like that of tomato, grow better in warm temperature while leafy greens require lesser sunlight per day.

Tools

Now all you need to work the magic are the handy tools from your basic gardening kit – the spade, garden fork and the trowel.

4 Benefits Of Organic Farming

Are you worried that the vegetables, fruits and other food items you are eating could be contaminated with chemicals and fertilizers? If the answer is yes, making organically grown food products a part of your diet would be a wise move.

Unlike traditional farming, organic food products are cultivated without the use of chemicals. It focuses on producing food with more nutrients and less chemicals. Here is an overview of the benefits of following organic farming techniques:

1)       Lower Cost: It has been discovered that organic farming is more profitable than the traditional farming methods. Using this method farmers can reduce the cost by  about 25 – 30% as it does not make use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.

2)       Environmental Benefits: Organic farming is not about applying pesticides or chemical fertilizers to protect and increase yields. It is about preserving our air, soil and water with the use of harmless natural resources. For instance, instead of using weedicides to eliminate weeds, farmers who follow organic farming methods use Mulching Sheets to control weeds that grow in between crops.

3)       Preserves Ecosystem: Organic farming is all about building a synergy with various plant and animal life forms. It is effective in supporting the survival of wildlife in the lowlands. Since this kind of farming does not use chemical pesticides it is a good way to preserve soil.

4)       Healthy Food: Foods produced using organic farming neither contain artificial flavours or preservatives, nor do they contain any harmful chemicals. In other words organic farming helps retain the original nutritional content of food products due to the absence of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.

To do your bit towards protecting our environment, practice organic farming. Our next week’s post is about organic gardening tips.

Why Organic Farming is the Need of the Hour?

organic farming, organic farmer, organic farming benefitsOrganic farming is man’s gift to a world that is burning with global warming and chocking with pollution. The goal of agriculture is to feed the world. And in our urge to feed the growing and hungry population, we have chosen the wrong path, the path of fertilizers and chemicals. Did you know the traditional modes of agriculture still make use of pesticides which are banned. Studies show that there are 67 such pesticides still used by Indian farmers. The sad part is that every day these pesticides and toxins are entering into our body through the fruits and vegetables we eat. In fact, unwillingly we consume 400-800 % more pesticides than the permissible limit.

Why Organic Farming is A Gift?

Aamir Khan in his show ‘Satyamev Jayate’ rightly highlighted the evil effects of chemical farming. During the show, we have seen most of the farmers confessing that they do not use pesticides for the fruits and vegetables they grow for their own consumption! That’s precisely why we said organic farming is man’s gift to the world.

Without using chemicals that harm our soil, air and water, organic framing offers better pest control and yields. Organic agriculture promotes more balanced communities of predators which means beneficial insects are being used to kill the pests that ruin the produce. To control weeds organic farmers won’t make use of harmful chemical weedicides. They use Mulching Sheets. By this method, one can control weeds in between crops in a natural way. Thus by using natural friendly ways of framing organic agriculture advocates sustainability and harmony between man and nature. It promotes a healthy world and a healthier us.

When you are choosing organic food or organic mode of cultivation, you are not only saving yourself and your family from consuming pesticides, but also doing your bit to save our environment and nature.

Keep an eye out for our next post in which we are discussing the benefits of organic farming.