What is organic farming?
According to Encylopedia.com organic farming is
the practice of raising plants—especially fruits
and vegetables, but ornamentals as well—without
the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or
fertilizers. In the United States, as elsewhere,
awareness of the environmental damage and
threats to health caused by DDT, dieldrin, and
other insecticides and by the excessive use of
chemical fertilizers has fostered interest in
organic gardening, particularly among home
gardeners. Organic gardeners use short-lived,
pest-killers or biological pest control and prefer
manure for fertilizer. Organic farming on a large
scale is both difficult and costly, but a small,
steady market for organically grown, or “natural,”
foods supports a limited commercial effort in the
Importance of organic farming
Organically grown foods are grown without synthetic
fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, or fumigants. In addition
they are not irradiated or genetically modified organisms.
Organic Farmers use earth friendly techniques to grow
produce that is safer and healthier. By utilizing such
methods as natural fertilizers, crop rotation and integrated
pest management organic farmers protect our air, water
supplies and soil from pollution. Organic farming is also
healthier for the farmers that work on the land.
Organically grown produce is more nutritious and safer to
eat, especially for children. Pesticides are poisons and the
"allowable" level of pesticides is based on an adult weight.
The average child receives four times more exposure to
"allowable" pesticides than an adult.
All of Country Organics produce is registered by a third
party organization in accordance with the USDA guidelines.
Organic registration assures the consumer that the produce
has been grown and handled according to strict regulations.
This is your guarantee that you will receive the most
wholesome chemical free seasonal produce available on the
What is sustainable agriculture?
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
defines sustainable agriculture as Environmentally
friendly methods of farming that allow the
production of crops or livestock without damage
to the farm as an ecosystem, including effects on
soil, water supplies, biodiversity, or other
surrounding natural resources. The concept of
sustainable agriculture is an "intergenerational"
one in which we pass on a conserved or improved
natural resource base instead of one which has
been depleted or polluted. Terms often
associated with farms or ranches that are
self-sustaining include "low-input," organic,
"ecological," "biodynamic," and "permaculture."
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