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06/05/2012 at 10:34

From the earliest forms of forrest farming tens of thousands of years ago right up to the turn of the 20th century, man has managed his crops employing various organic growing techniques, living harmoniously with the environment around him, without the use of chemical fertilisers or pesticides

Throughout history ancient peoples have used organic farming systems to support advanced civilisations. The Akkadian farmers of Mesopotamia were composting in 5000 BC and legend has it that King Nebuchadnezzar organised the collection of vegetable waste to turn into compost to feed the hanging gardens of Babylon!

The Inca's collected guano from the coastal regions of Peru to enrich their soil and were able to support a population in the areas they inhabited far beyond that of today.

Chemical fertilisers and pesticdes are toxic and harmful

In the 1950's big oil companies discovered they could make a whole bunch of new chemical based petroleum products and sold everyone on the idea that we needed them.

Unfortunately they didn't tell us that the harmful and toxic chemicals they were selling us, that we spray on our produce, that we put into the ground, would have massive detrimental effects on the ecosystem and human health.

Chemical fertilisers and pesticides kill vital microorganisms in the soil and insect life and find their way into our water supply via sewers, lakes and streams. Ultimately they end up in the oceans poisoning the sea life. Studies show that many pesticides used not only on your fruit and veg but on clothing fibres and other materials can cause cancers, neurological disorders, weakening of the immune system, asthma, allergies, infertility, and the list goes on and on.

Thankfully the powerful interests that have pushed these products did not succeed in eradicating organic farming completely and since the mid 1990's it has seen a massive resurgence in popularity as more and more people have become aware of the adverse effects of using chemical fertilisers and pesticides.

Organic growers work in harmony with mother nature

Instead of destroying the environemnt around them, organic growers work with the ecosystem and are constantly aware of minimising disturbance to the Earth's natural balance. They use various techniques to achieve this, including:  

  • Building the soil by adding compost, manure, mulch and other organic fertilisers adds organic content to the soil and helps limit soil degradation and erosion.
  • Crop rotation, where crops are rotated season after season including fallow periods and crops like clover or rapeseed being planted as they draw nitrogen from the atmosphere and put it back into the soil.
  • Biological pest control. By developing nutrient-rich soil to grow strong, healthy crops and encourage wildlife to help control pests, animal welfare is at the heart of the system and a truly free-range life for farm animals is possible.
  • The use of artificial chemical fertilisers, pesticides and genetically modified (GM) crops and ingredients are banned.

Organic produce is more nutritious and tastes better

The benefits of organic growing techniques are not only to our environment and health but also to the food that is produced! Organic fruit, vegetables and herbs have better taste and aroma, contain higher levels of vitamin C, B12 and other important nutrients, and stays fresh for longer! 

Conclusion:

Organic growing is the only way to grow! 

06/05/2012 at 10:43

Thats better.

06/05/2012 at 10:43

Aaaargh! My eyes hurt.

06/05/2012 at 11:57

Not what this board is about! 

07/05/2012 at 10:17

Sorry, should i not post this here? 

What is this board about? 

07/05/2012 at 12:39

My understanding is that  particular section is about problem solving, in the sense of solving fellow boarders' gardening problems, rather than address wider ethical issues such as organic gardening vs. non-organic. I was assuming from your message title that you wanted to know whether organic gardening was really beneficial, for health for example, or for protecting beneficial insects for the garden. So I clicked on it to offer some advice, only to find that I was being given a rather wordy lecture.  Your message came across as a party political article on behalf of an organisation. I admire organic gardeners, and try where possible to be organic, though sometimes  I adopt non-organic measures for difficult problems, so my criticism is not about the principle, just about using this forum to deliver a message such as yours.

And I also wondered if there was a commercial motive. Your user name is organicgrowshop, and you gave a link to your website. I don't think Gardeners World  approves of the site being used for commercial gain. otherwise we could soon see postings about the benefits of all sorts of products and services under the cynical guise of giving advice. (not saying your posting was in any way cynical, though!)

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