Food is one of the basic needs of us but we are not bothered about the quality of it. We do not know what are the harmful chemicals or adulterants present in it. These all lead to biological magnification followed by many diseases. So this is the right time to turn towards nature.

Organic farming is a method of agriculture in which farmers avoid the use of chemical fertilisers, pesticides, hormones etc. Instead of these, they use crop residues, animal manures, leaves of plants, off-farm organic waste to the maximum extent. Scientific methods like mixed cropping, crop rotations and biological system of nutrient mobilisation and plant protection are applied for maximum yield.
Nowadays we are seeing a rise in organic farming, as it is the need of the hour. Consumers are becoming highly conscious about their health and the food they consume. More and more people are opting for organic food to avoid the consumption of food that is grown by using chemical ways.

Unfortunately, there are many farmers who aim the profit only. In order to yield early and abundant produce, many farmers in the rural areas have been using chemical fertilisers, pesticides and hormone applications. It is due to the lack of knowledge. But this is gradually changing as more farmers are choosing the organic route. There are some people who have decided to venture into this field, either by producing or supporting farmers to yield fresh and unadulterated produce that is healthy for consumption. Also, with more number of people preferring to consume organic food, and with the number of organic e-commerce stores popping up in various cities, it seems like people are moving towards the right direction.

It is very important to make all people aware of the dangerous impact of consumption of food items available in markets. Our government should do something to promote organic farming. Organic farming communities should conduct various workshops on cultivation methods, pest management and long-term benefit of going the organic way by showing the sustainability of these practices. Organic farmers should encourage other farmers to visit their farm and learn about their best way of cultivation. So let’s take some initiatives to promote best practices for all of us.

Byju P.Joseph, Educator and Vice Principal
The Fabindia School, Bali

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