Food Part 4: Organic Farming

Organic farming recognises the direct connection between our health and how the food we eat is produced.

Organic farming does:

  • Reduce soil erosion and loss of soil fertility
  • Preserve the habitat of local wildlife
  • Develop fertile soil by rotating crops and using compost, manure and clover
  • Encourage wildlife to help control pests and disease
  • Provide a free-range life for animals and guarantee their welfare
  • Use mixed farming, which helps break cycles of pests and disease and builds fertility in the soil
  • Replace drugs and chemicals with nature and animal-friendly methods

Organic farming does not:

  • Use oil-based chemicals, including pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers
  • Involve irradiation, industrial solvents, or industrial chemical food additives
  • Contain residues of any industrial chemicals
  • Use modern genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
  • Risk contaminating soil or water with hazardous chemicals

Organic farmers make themselves completely accountable by following strict regulations. These define what they can and cannot do – and place a strong emphasis on the protection of wildlife and the environment.

 

Article sources:
Ryton Gardens: www.gardenorganic.org.uk
www.aboutorganics.co.uk

 

By Sam Elvyhart, Action 21’s Volunteer & Marketing Manager