Earth Day, Every Day: Organic Farming

Over the week-end I attended the Narberth Earth Day Fair, which they call, Narbearth Day. Clever! I picked up some great free info, and one of them was from my local health food store that is owned and operated by the same family for many,many years.  The name of the store is Arrowroot Natural Foods in Bryn Mawr, PA 19010. Email: arrowrootnatural foods@gmail.com. They will special order & ship non-perishable items such as vitamins, whole grains, skin products, clothing, etc.

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(Diagram from the Internet:
http://agritech.tnau.ac.in/org_farm/orgfarm_principles.html)

 


10 Reasons to Go Organic


1. Organic farming is better for the environment and does not pollute the water like conventional farming.

2. Organic farming is safer for farm workers.

3. Certified organic crops are non-GMO (genetically modified organisms.

4. Organic crops are produced without irradiation or chemical additives. Some pesticides have been linked to cancer.

5. Organic milk does not use antibiotics or hormones. Raw, organic milk has many vital nutrients that are destroyed in pasteurized milk.

6. Organic eggs come from hens fed on a diet of organic grains, not animal byproducts, and are not given antibiotics. Organic farms usually have better animal welfare standards.
Pastured eggs are from hens given free roam in a green field where they can peck around in the ground for their natural diet of bugs and plants, increasing the nutrient density in their eggs. (Arrowroot carries only pastured eggs from hens free of antibiotics, hormones, and soy.)

7. Consider organic clothing. Did you know cotton uses 16% of the world’s insecticides, more than any other single major crop? Organic cotton farming uses less water and produces less  CO2 than conventional farming. (My note: Arrowroot carries organic cotton clothing by Indigenous.)

8. In studies, organic foods have been shown to be more nutritious and have more antioxidants than conventionally grown foods.

9. Organic farming respects the ecosystem and preserves the biodiversity of crops.

10. Organic farming better preserves the long term health of the soil.

 

P.S. This year I am sharing a garden space with a  neighbor down the street. The church on our corner rents out small plots along the inside perimeter of their stone wall . I am excited that this year I will have a real garden, not just a patio garden for herbs. Will keep you updated about our organic efforts. Since this is also National Lawn & Garden Month, I am right on schedule!!!

 

One Response to “Earth Day, Every Day: Organic Farming”

  1. Mary-Lou Meyers Says:

    I enjoyed the article because it reflects the organic method by which we have been farming since
    World War 11’s patriotic effort to provide and conserve food. My mother showed me how, nourishing the garden as she would a child, feeding it with natural green peelings, egg shells, etc. We had our own composting method in a corner of our yard.
    All our married life, we grew our own vegetables, canned and froze what we could for the long winter ahead. What we don’t grow ourselves, we buy organic eggs, which smell and taste so much fresher,
    organic chicken, and try to buy at least “natural” foods when we can’t get organic. We only go to doctors when we can’t “cure” the illness ourselves after my daughter, an Herbalist,” has given us remedies she has bottled herself or others with the same premise.
    If more local farmers tried to emulate these practices, we would have a healthier country, community by community.

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