ORGANIC FARMING, A JOURNEY BACK TO THE BASICS
Today, the mode of practice of Agriculture is shifting from the conventional mode to
the non-conventional mode, science is developing better ways of practicing
Agriculture. The non-conventional mode of Agricultural practice (Organic farming)
seems to be better in a number of ways. Some say it’s cheaper, some say it’s more
hygienic but the fact remains that the non-conventional mode of Agricultural practice
(Organic farming) is safer in terms of health effects.
THE DEBATE FOR ORGANIC FARMING
First, it is note-worthy to say that the human body is designed in a way that it can
tolerate exposure to chemicals for a while, but when the concentration rises above the
threshold, adverse effects become imminent.
According to a recent report, it was gathered that there are three different ways a
person can come in contact with chemicals: through Inhalation, Ingestion and through
When it comes to Agriculture, there some ways in which chemicals might be used for
farming which include use of insecticides to control insects, use of herbicides to
control weeds, use of dewormers to control intestinal parasites. Also inorganic
chemicals have been reported washed into sources of human drinking water and the
results were not palatable.
Some of these insecticides and herbicides might be wrongly used which may pose
danger to human health. This is not to say a risk is posed every time they are used.
Now, due to increased awareness on health and its safety, it has become necessary to
look for better ways of practicing Agriculture such that there will be less risks on
human health. Thus: the introduction of Organic farming.
WHAT IS ORGANIC FARMING?
Different definitions will try to do justice to this definition, but I would define Organic
farming as ‘’ the use of natural methods, techniques, plant and animal products to
carry out Agricultural practices in ways totally harmless to man’’
In some form of Organic farming, no chemicals are used, some others use little
chemicals such as ivermectin, sulfur, copper sulfate.
HOW IS ORGANIC FARMING PRACTICED?
Today, instead of using herbicides to control weeds, cover crops can be used,
modifying planting time can also be effective,
Manure from human, animal and industrial waste can be converted to compost
and used in place of inorganic fertilizers,
In the control of leaf defoliators like caterpillars in vegetable production,
extracts from plants like Neem plant have been used over time and have proved
In animal production, Probiotics have been developed to help control the use of
antibiotics due to the resistance of some microbes towards some antibiotics.
The list seem endless as we speak, these are just some of the few examples at our
disposal as at the time of writing this article.
Although less than 2% of world farmers have subscribed to Organic farming, those
who have done that have nothing to regret.
Some countries have implemented the use of Organic farming, they include:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech republic, Denmark, Macedonia, the
United kingdom, Estonia, Ireland, Malta, Luxembourg, Portugal, Sweden, China, Israel,
Taiwan, Argentina, Canada, Tunisia, Ghana, Japan and a host of other countries have
either totally or partially implemented the use of Organic farming. As of now, close to
50 countries have either totally or partially implemented the use of Organic Farming.
The future looks very bright for Organic farming and it will be a thing of joy when the
whole world fully embrace it.
ABOUT THE WRITER
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