• Rucha Bajpai

Organic Culture Is Back...

Updated: Oct 13, 2020

Organic Culture Is Back

  • Organic farming has been practised for more than a hundred years and can be traced back to the beginning of the 20th century, but organic farming has only been seriously considered for two or three decades. The movement of organic farming was strongly influenced by the system - the philosophy of holistic thinking. Early pioneers of organic agriculture propagated biological concepts of soil fertility and advocated the consideration of soil as a living organism dependent on microorganisms. They saw the entire farm as part of a complex system controlled by interacting processes that link the organic matter of the soil to plants, animals and human health.

  • In the United States, J.I. Rodale began popularizing the concept and methods of organic farming, and Northbourne's terminology was adopted. He was influential in the promotion of biological techniques and was one of the first to include organic farming and agriculture in his books. The earliest concepts of organic farming were developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, particularly in England and the United States, but also in Canada and Australia.

  • In addition to agricultural research, Rodale's publications at the Rodales Press have contributed to the promotion of organic horticulture to the general public and to the development of organic farming techniques and methods.

  • Rachel Carson, a prominent scientist and naturalist, has published Silent Spring, in which she describes the environmental impact of DDT and other pesticides, draws on research in biodynamic agriculture, and advocates the use of organic farming and gardening practices in the United States.

  • Although many people primarily associate organic farming with fruit and vegetables, organic farming methods can also be applied to plants and animals. The cultivation of a variety of crops in a rotation system can increase the use of organic farming methods such as organic fertilizer, pest-free agriculture and biological water management. This has led to increased demand for organic food, which in turn has boosted the growth of organic farms.

  • Farm manager Ross Duffield harvests conventional maize at the Rodale Institute, which measures the productivity of organic methods that use slurry and pulse fertilizer against conventional synthetic fertilizer applied to genetically modified seeds. Understanding agriculture, whether organic or conventional, means understanding weed, which is a crossroads for farmers. The emergence of herbicides has freed farmers from tillage, a practice that helps prepare the land for seed sowing, but disrupts the natural ecosystem of the soil, which is recognized as the cause of the dust bowl.

  • For the organically-minded, the self-closed cosmos of the soil and the natural nature of agriculture as a vocation, the main argument for substitution agriculture is. Instead of using chemicals to feed plants artificially and keep pests at bay, organic farmers are focusing on building up soil health. The dirt is our beginning and end; that is why we harvest underground, keep animals out and work so hard to diversify plants that keep balanced nutrients in our soil.

  • That is why soil was a major focus of the federal government's efforts when it began incorporating codification of environmental standards into the law. Many people prefer organic farming because of its systemic approach, which links food production to ecology and connects land, people, plants and animals with the common goal of a healthy and vital environment. Food thinks that organically produced food is ecologically sound, has a higher nutritional value, is more palatable and is safer to eat. The ever-growing pool of people interested in organic food has increased in recent years, particularly in the United States and Europe.

Organic farming was born in response to the growing awareness that the health of the soil is linked to the health of the future of mankind. Rodale Balfour Howard, to name a few, passionately shares the belief that soil health and vitality are key to future soil and food production and the importance of a healthy environment. The composting of waste generated and recycled on the premises improves soil fertility, which contributes to the biodiversity of many species. This is a holistic and philosophical approach to agriculture with all these objectives in mind. Stricter inspections, records and certifications are required to verify and maintain the ecological condition of the soil and the food produced. Monitoring and challenging certification rules and decisions has become an important part of organic farming practices in India, especially in recent years. In India, organic food must be produced without the use of pesticides, herbicides, fertilisers and ionising radiation. Before products can be labeled organic, a state-approved certifier must inspect the farm where the food is grown to ensure that farmers follow proper practices to meet USDA eco-standards. Companies handling and processing organic food before reaching supermarkets and restaurants will also have to obtain certification.