taking a healthy rotation as stock feed and also assist in replacing natural nutrients back into the soil. When organic farming is the culture for sustainability, the soil culturet relies on techniques such as crop rotation, green manure, compost and biological pest control. Organic farming uses fertilizers and pesticides but excludes or strictly limits the use of manufactured (synthetic) fertilizers, pesticides (which include herbicides, insecticides and fungicides), plant growth regulators such as hormones, livestock antibiotics, food additives, genetically modified organisms, human sewage sludge, and nano-materials.
The Rodale Institute, has conducted a thirty year “Farm Systems Analysis Trial” of organic farming. Their findings suggest that organic farming is superior to conventional systems in “building, maintaining and replenishing the health of the soil.” In addition to soil health, the Institute’s trials looked at economic viability, energy usage, and human health and concluded that organic agriculture is more sustainable than conventional. The Institute’s findings are summarized as follows:
Organic outperforms conventional in years of drought.
Organic farming systems build rather than deplete soil organic matter, making it a more sustainable system.
Organic farming uses 45% less energy and is more efficient.
Conventional systems produce 40% more greenhouse gases.
Organic farming systems are more profitable than conventional…
The Organic Growers of Australia certification system was designed to be ethical, cost-effective, and charge no levies on organic sales. They have an excellent reputation across both trade and industry for organic quality and reliability.