Modern organic farming can be defined as "a whole farm management system where natural biology and balanced soils give sustainable yields without synthetic chemicals or forced growth"1
There are many differences between conventional farm practices and organic farm practice:
Conventional farmers use a variety of synthetic pesitices, synthetic fertilisers, genetically engineered organisms as well as growth enhancers.
Conventional Farming may look at the short term gains rather than how this type of farming may affect the health of the soil and the environment in the longer term. The longer term health impacts on humans due to pesticides is continually undergoing intensive research.
Organic Farming selects the most environmentally friendly pesticides and fertilisers possible. In order to control pests, they utilise natural predators. This therefore eliminates the need for chemical insecticides that can remain in the soil for years.
Organic farming is consistent with sound moral and ethical principles; it benefits the environment, the air and the soil, our children and farmers. It stores more carbon in the soil and there is less wildlife and environmental damage from fertilizer and pesticide run off.
Organic farmers rear their animals with care and attention to their welfare. The animals are allowed to roam free as animals should and are given the best opportunity to grow and develop in the most natural and humane way possible.
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