About this page:
The Better India has long since been a proponent of Organic Farming. A major part of our focus has been finding and reporting on stories of organic farming initiatives and what made them successful, so that we can spread the information and inspire others. We believe that it is an important aspect of making a better India.
But why organic farming?
In order to give context to our broader effort of promoting organic farming, we have created this section as a resource. It talks about what organic farming is and why we should even care about it.
Further, we aim to collect resources to help you learn as much as possible about organic farming. Because knowledge is power.
So, read this page, bookmark it, and share it with others to inform and spark a conversation! We will keep updating it with new information and content.
What is Organic Farming?
Organic farming is a holistic system of agriculture that takes into account the health of everything involved, form the soil microbes to the farmers to the distributors to the consumers to the ecosystem.
Essentially there are 2 main aspects that are must be fulfilled:
- Keep the soil alive and in good health.
- Use minimal to none synthetic inputs (fertilizers, pesticides) and no Genetically Modified (GM) crops.
It is important to note that organic farming alone may not be the ultimate solution. The purpose of this page is to inform about the benefits and inspire dialogue on this topic. People need food, that will not change. We must understand where our food comes from, and the connection between our food, us, and the environment.
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To get more context on what this Organic Farming page is all about and why we’re doing it, read below:
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Why should you care about Organic Farming?
The heavy use of synthetic herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers is eliminated. Hence the produce we get is free of any residue from these things that might have been there.
FARMERS TAKEN CARE OF
Farmers tend to get a higher price for organic products, and this helps sustain a good income. Plus they can avoid expensive GM seeds and synthetic chemicals, as well as the risk associated with handling synthetic chemicals without sufficient training.
Organic farming inherently takes care of the land. Harmful elements are greatly reduced or eliminated, and the natural cycles of the soil and surrounding environment are kept balanced and healthy. There is no desertification of land because of balanced farming.
Conventional farming techniques have highly negative effects on the environment including pollution to due run off of chemicals, soil erosion, and the loss of biodiversity. Not only is all of this bad for the planet, but it makes the crops themselves more susceptible to pests and diseases. Further, many of the inputs into conventional farming are derived from fossil fuels.
The Earth will have to feed close to 10 billion by 2050 (according to estimates by the UN). With the rapidity of land degradation that conventional farming affects, we need to consider methods that will provide the necessary food and be sustainable.