Sustainable agriculture.
Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 9:39PM
Gary Leavitt

Those who buy organic products in order to support sustainable and environmentally friendly agriculture deserve a feeling of satisfaction.

Conventional farming, with its dependence on synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and weed killers damages soil and the environment. The emphasis of conventional farming is on improving the crop, not on improving the health of the soil or the environment.

Organic farming, in contrast, focuses on building up the soil. It feeds beneficial soil microorganisms and eschews poisons or chemicals that cause long-term imbalances. Plant health follows naturally from soil health.

While conventional farming over time can seriously damage soil, organic farming with its focus on soil health is sustainable indefinitely and does no damage to the environment.

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