by Daniel Johnson, Staff Writer II.
Organic farming is different from ordinary farming in that no artificial fertilizers, pesticides, hormones, GMO’s (genetically modified organics) or food additives are used. This ensures that not only is the produce kept free of unwanted byproducts, but the soil and local ecosystem are kept as pure as possible. This is important for a few reasons:
- It allows for cleaner air and healthier soil for the immediate ecosystem of the organic farm
- It’s healthier for human consumption and there is no need to eliminate pesticides from the food
- The soil can keep producing natural minerals without chemicals stripping it of nutrients keeping it healthy
According to organicmonitor.com, as of 2009 organic farming is on the uptick in the markets, recording $55 billion in sales of organic products. To reflect this growth in marketability is an annual increase of 8.9% of farmland dedicated to producing organic products over the past ten years. There is a growing trend in the inner cities called urban farming, and urban organic farming in particular is fast-growing among those who are looking to start up an urban farm. In fact, it is such a fast growing trend that in New York there is actually an organic farm making home deliveries called Urban Organic (urbanorganic.com).
Instead of going to a local supermarket or even the local food stands you can simply make a phone call, put in your order and wait for your delivery to arrive. Organic farming is something that is not only beneficial to the environment and the soil, but to the people that benefit from its economically-friendly policies. If there is not an organic market or farm near to you, you can visit www.urbanorganicgardener.com for tips on how to start your own. All in all, organic farming is something that is important, not only as a renewable and responsible food source, but with the potential to unite a community.