Monday, August 2, 2010
What is organic farming
It seems like new information is discovered about something every day. And the topic of eco-friendly is no exception. Keep reading to get more fresh news about eco-friendly.
Organic farming practices have been shown to produce considerable environmental benefits over non-organic farming.
In recent years there has been a dramatic decline in our farmland wildlife, from birds to wildflowers. Almost half of the 44 species of butterflies breeding in lowland grassland are in decline and the number of farmland birds has fallen by 30% since 1970. Wild flowers such as the cornflower that were once very common are now a rare sight. Organic farming practices are generally accepted as helping to increase biodiversity. In one study measuring levels of biodiversity on different farms, 18 of the best 20 farms were organic. Organic farms generally have a broader range of habitats and have been found to contain five times as many wild plants and 57 more plant species than non-organic farms.
Artificial chemicals and fertilizers are avoided on organic farms as their benefit is short lived. Instead, a sustainable system including the planting of crops such as clover is used to build a fertile soil. Along with active habitat management, this encourages micro-organisms and earthworms that keep the soil healthy.
Of course, it's impossible to put everything about eco-friendly into just one article. But you can't deny that you've just added to your understanding about eco-friendly, and that's time well spent.
Posted by Tania at 6:20 PM