Become Part of the Green Revolution: Benefits of Organic Growing
In the beginning the addition of chemicals to farming was seen as a miracle. Farmers saw their crops yields increase dramatically. Chemicals kept the bugs away and caused no visible harm to the underlying soil. Because of the huge success farmers had with synthetic fertilizers and insecticide caused the technology to spread across the world, prompting an agricultural boom.
Today, we know of the consequences of chemical based farming. The consequences are many and include soil deterioration, water degradation due to nitrate runoff, health issues like cancer and an increased reliance on fossil fuels.
Organic Farming to the Rescue
Organic farming promotes raising plants and animals in natural, more sustainable fashion. This process involves using natural biological materials that promote soil fertility and decrease ecological strain. These farming techniques also help fight air and water pollution. Farmers are slowly starting to see the light and are shifting their practices. This shift in organic processes has been dubbed “The green Revolution”. You can find some other cool benefits of organic farming below.
1.Increased Drought Resistance
Drought is a major concern of both Organic and Inorganic Farmers. The thought of losing a harvest to drought can strike fear into even the most grizzled farmers. Luckily crops grown organically have been shown to be more drought resistant than their counterparts. The Rodale Institute’s Farming Systems Trial has been tracking both organic and synthetically grown crops for the past 30 years. In side by side comparisons the Farming Systems Trial has determined organically grown plants to be both healthier and hardier than the synthetic crops, and are better equipped to handle harsh weather. They also had similar yields in more favorable conditions as well.
Link to the study here: http://rodaleinstitute.org/our-work/farming-systems-trial/
A healthy crop depends heavily on healthy soil. Healthier Soil is a major advantage of organic farming. A study done by the USDA determined that the soil treated with pesticides is not as healthy as soil that is conditioned without chemicals. The Organically treated soil had thicker topsoil depth, higher polysaccharide content, lower modulus of rupture and less soil erosion than the conventionally-farmed soil. The organic soil also held upwards of 1 billion helpful microorganisms compared to the 100 that synthetically treated soil had.
3.More carbon is stored in the soil, offsetting carbon dioxide emissions
Organic fertilizers (like ours) often use carbon based matter like kelp and bone meal to spur plant growth. This is both good for the plant and good for the environment. Carbon dioxide is used during photosynthesis. Plants take this carbon dioxide and covert it into the carbohydrates that they need to flourish. After this process is finished the oxygen is released back into the atmosphere. By using carbon based fertilization techniques we also increase the amount of organic matter in the soil (kelp, bone meal and other organic materials). These organic materials would normally rot above the surface and release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Organic fertilizers deliver these materials back into the soil. The soil then sequesters the carbon dioxide, thereby preventing it from being released into the atmosphere. Another study by the Rodale Institute concluded that if organic carbon based fertilization methods were applied across the board in the United States, 580 billion pounds of excess carbon dioxide could be sequestered in the soil every year. That’s about four times the amount of emissions that would be saved if the fuel efficiency of all vehicles in the United States was doubled.
We at Royal Knight believe that organic, carbon based farming can both benefit our ecological well being while matching or surpassing yields of conventional farming methods. Here we use ecologically responsible, safe products to help nurture your plants and soils, unlocking their hidden potential. Check out our products and see the power that carbon based organic methods can have on your next grow project!