Organic Food and Beverages
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Benefits of Organic Farming
Healthy Food Trends Include Changing From Intensive Farming
The benefits of organic farming are significant for you and the environment. Healthy food trends include growing organic food and understanding the advantages of organic farming.
Environmental health is damaged by intensive farming. The benefits of organic farming are significant, and over time can repair the damage done.
This is no longer an opinion. Research has been carried out that identifies intensive farming's destructive effects on land, water, animals and humans.
Growing organic food, rather than commercially produced food (grown with chemicals and pesticides), is the environmentally healthy choice; and the advantages of organic farming are significant to your health and the health of your family too.
The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) concludes that:
...the expansion and intensification of conventional farming is harmful not only to the environment, but also to the very resources essential to farming.
Over the past two decades, some 15 million hectares of tropical forests are lost each year to provide land for agriculture, and at a tremendous loss of genetic diversity ...  ISIS.
Advantages of Organic Farming Are Recognized
The consequence of this is, of course, the use of more chemical input. It is a vicious cycle that, in the end, destroys the soil itself.
There are several knock-on effects to this. One of these is that the Earth's forests are pulled down in order to obtain land for farming, which eventually is destroyed like the land it had replaced. And so it goes on.
Another effect is the pollution of rivers as a result of chemical fertilizers leeching into them from intensively farmed land. Environmental health is attacked on many fronts.
Advantages of Organic Farming - Reduce Soil Erosion
Compaction of the soil by excessive cultivation inhibits the absorption of rainwater, forcing it to run off the soil, carrying chemical inputs with it into rivers. This causes pollution and heightened risks of flooding.
Excessive cultivation also destroys the structure of soil:
Annual crops, grown in conventional systems, demand that the soil is cultivated. The very act of cultivating the soil serves to destroy organic matter, kills much of the soil fauna and leaves the soil at risk of erosion from wind and rain.
The soil structure is damaged and, with continued cultivation, the sub-soil becomes very compacted and is unable to drain properly or allow roots to penetrate and obtain their nutrients. When it rains soil is washed away. Plants for a future.
Add to this the removal of hedgerows and other natural barriers (removed to increase the size of crop fields and make it easier to farm), then soil erosion becomes, indeed is, a major problem. Wind and rain are able to move freely, taking topsoil with them.
The Fenlands, for example, are losing 30 mm of topsoil every year. Plants for a Future
Growing organic food is a viable and beneficial alternative; for you, your family and the environment.
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Natural Soil Aeration
Soil with a good population of worms in it is a healthy soil. If your existing soil has plenty of worms then you just need to keep them happy while your vegetables grow.
Worms in your soil keep it aerated and maintain a functioning drainage system. Worms are, in effect, tilling your soil.
Worms do not destroy the soil structure or pollute the environment with petrol fumes and residues (as heavy machinery do).
By creating space with their burrowing, worms allow air to circulate, water to drain, and roots to grow.
More on Worms: What do Worms Eat?
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