Organic farming has always been under the scanner by the agricultural community at large. However, some truths are inevitably justified and empirical research cannot defy the strength in those facts. Amongst these, one such factuality is that organic farming is better for farm soil. First of all, which soil is qualified as good soil? Healthy soil can be defined as dynamic soil, soil which experiences increasing levels of carbon dioxide and a balanced moisture saturation level that augments sustainable land for crop production.
Old and new researches spanning over two decades show some supporting facts like soil treated organically by only composts and organic matter instead of chemical fertilizers and pesticides have been found to have higher carbon and nitrogen levels. These levels hover higher between ranges of 5% to 12% as the living microbes found are way more than on other standard model farm. The living microbe level is increasingly proportionate to the breathing capacity of the soil. Organic soil is more active by 71% than other chemically nurtured soil. The composted manure utilised in organic farming mitigates the carbon dehydration effects of the soil maintaining the desired moisture levels. Now, aren’t we talking healthier soil?
Taking a macro snapshot, the practice of organic farming helps reduce the ill effects of climate change too by fixing the carbon levels where they can be optimally utilised to produce better and more crops, the soil! Soil is the base of the entire crop production system, irrespective of the farming system in usage. Hence, give your soil a good life to give and get more life!