SGO: Organic food and organic farming

With the organic trend gaining popularity, you have probably heard a lot of people talking about organic food. However, I was not sure what exactly the trend is all about and I decided to do a little bit of research about it. So, if you are curious too, please carry on reading.

Generally speaking, organic food is the product of organic farming, a farming method which originated in the early 20th century. Organic farming may include different practices in different countries, but it is mainly based on using fertilizers of organic origin, such as manure, green manure, bone meal or compost. Organic farming also relies on natural pest control and it also fosters insect predators. A good example of insect predators are birds, lizards and even spiders. Organic farming also involves crop rotation which avoids the overuse of certain minerals from the soil. Organic farming then, is more considerate of the environment because organic food is usually not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or synthetic food additives.

But now the question is, can you get organic food cheaper than you would get it in a supermarket? The answer is yes – if you grow it yourself. If you can grow your own fruits and vegetables at least in the summer time, you could pretty much meet some of the most important requirements of organic food. You can easily use compost so that means natural fertilizers, have some bird friendly water fountains around to encourage them to hang out in your garden and eat the unwanted insects. Also, don’t kill the inoffensive spiders or reptiles because they are not harming your crops but they are eating the insects which are and this is how you will get natural pest control.

If you have any more ideas for how you can maintain an organic garden, let us know in the comment box bellow. Happy gardening!

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