How organic food is grown

How organic food is grown

Organic food is just one of the specific growth areas of the mass organic market that has received growing interest in recent years. As interest continues to grow in organic foods for health and environmental reason, interest will also continue to grow and focus on the methods and steps for growing organic food produce. In order to do this there are a number of steps which producers must go through in order to ensure their product’s quality and meeting the standards of their consumers.

First of all, individuals must look at their soil. Soil can be in your allotment or garden, but it can also be in pots where a variety of different vegetable and fruits may be grown. These can be grown with potting soil that is fertiliser free in order to grow and can be done simply and cost-effectively. Home growers can create a personal compost heap to feed their soil and plants using organic items such as banana peels which, due to its high potassium content, make an ideal fertiliser. Home growers also use natural insect repellents such as crushed mint leaves, eucalyptus and camphor, all of which release pungent vapours that are repellent to pests such as ants and lack any harmful side-effects either to the grower or the growing plant and its eventual yield. Also, in order to keep the plants watered, growers often collect rain water in commercially produced or homemade devices in order to conserve water and save money.

On a much larger and more regular scale, organic food is commonly produced by organic farming methods that aim to improve the quality and quantity of crop and product yields whist also cutting down on production costs and supporting and sustaining the environment. Organic farmers will start, if they have previously been using conventional methods, by converting their land management to organic means. They will also look to ensure that the entire surrounding areas and systems maintain its biodiversity and sustainability. The aim is to allow nature to takes its own course, as everyday food produce such as meat, vegetables and grains are grown as close to their natural state as possible.

As a result, organic farmers do not spray their food crops with synthetic chemicals, and ensure that no synthetic hormones are introduced to their livestock food chain as well as refraining from using conventional antibiotic injections. Farmers, like our example of home-grown produce, believe also that good organic produce begins with good quality soil, and farmers work to this end to conserve both water and soil consumption by using all renewable sources. This healthy soil mix helps to ensure a larger and healthier crop yield.

Farmers commonly use animal manure and compost to feed the soil and crops and ensure that what would otherwise be farmer waste products are not wasted. They will also feed their organic crops with leaves and wood chippings from the farm. Farmers can also rotate their organic crops to ensure that the soil get a wide range of uses and therefore keeps a high level of fertility, thus lending itself to continuing high volume and quality yields. Cover crops are used to keep pests and weeds at bay, protecting organic crops from pesticides as well.

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