Organic Farming Good Food For All

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Organic farming is another agricultural system that originated early in the 20th century in response to quickly changing farming techniques. Organic farming has been developed by several organic farming associations now. It depends on fertilizers of natural source like compost manure, green manure, and bone meal and puts emphasis on techniques like crop rotation and companion planting. Biological pest management, mixed cropping as well as the boosting of insect predators are all encouraged. Generally, organic standards are made to permit the utilization of naturally occurring compounds while banning or limiting synthetic materials. For example, naturally occurring pesticides like pyrethrin and rotenone are allowed, while artificial pesticides and fertilizers are usually prohibited. Synthetic substances which are permitted include, as an instance, aluminum sulfate, elemental sulfur and Ivermectin. Reasons for advocation of organic farming include benefits in sustainability, openness, self-sufficiency, autonomy/independence, wellness, food safety, and food security.

Reduced Exposure to Pesticides, Chemicals.
The Organic Trade Association notes if each farmer from the U.S. converted to organic production, we can remove 500 million pounds of harmful and persistent pesticides from going into the environment yearly. Pesticide and chemical usage contributes to several negative environmental dilemmas: 1.Pesticides permit disease immunity to accumulate in crops, weeds, plant-eating-insects, parasites, and bacteria. 2.Compounds and chemicals sprayed plants contaminate the soil, water source, and atmosphere. Occasionally these dangerous pesticides stay about for decades (possibly longer). 3.Artificial compounds also dissuade smart farming techniques like cover crops and crop rotation, which in turn, can cause other dangerous environmental issues like erosion.
Organic Farming Builds Healthy Soil.
To develop wholesome food, you have to begin with healthy soil. Should you treat the dirt with dangerous pesticides and chemicals, you might wind up with dirt which can't flourish by itself. Natural farming practices are much superior than compound soil administration. A sizable nine-year research by USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS), reveals that natural farming builds up organic soil issue better than traditional no-till farming. Based on Dr. Elaine Ingham, only 1 teaspoon of compost-rich organic dirt could host as many as 600 million to 1 billion beneficial germs from 15,000 species. Ingham notes on the reverse side, 1 teaspoon of soil treated with compounds may carry as much as 100 beneficial bacteria.
Combatting Erosion
Does organic farming build wholesome soil, but it also helps fight severe land and soil problems, like erosion. A significant research comparing adjacent natural and chemically treated wheat fields revealed that the organic area featured eight inches of topsoil compared to treated area and had only twenty the erosion reduction. In case you are not worried about erosion: you ought to be. Erosion problems are really severe, affecting the property, food distribution, and people. But, organic farming techniques do help discourage erosion from happening.
Assessing the Effects of Global Warming
Rodale Institute Farming Systems Trial is America's longest running, side-by-side contrast of traditional and organic farming. The trial, running since 1981, has demonstrated a wholesome organic agriculture system may actually reduce carbon dioxide and also help slow climate change. Actually, the Rodale study shows that: "If just 10,000 moderate sized farms in the U.S. converted into organic production, they'd save as much carbon from the soil it would be equal to carrying 1,174,400 automobiles off the street, or reducing automobile miles driven by 14.62 billion miles.
Organic Farming Supports Water Conservation and Water Health
Dwindling water supplies and inadequate water wellbeing are extremely real threats. When our water source is in danger, individuals and the world wind up suffering. American Rivers notes a significant water pollution threat to U.S ponds is runoff from non-organic farms, for example damaging pesticides, toxic fertilizers, and animal waste. Organic farming helps to keep our water supplies fresh by quitting that contaminated runoff. Organic farming also will help conserve water. Organic farmers, generally speaking, often devote some time amending soil properly and using mulch - both of which help preserve water. Cotton, an in-demand harvest, requires a great deal of irrigation and surplus water once grown conventionally. But, organic cotton farming requires less irrigation and so conserves water.
Discouraging Algal Blooms
Algal blooms (HABs) lead to adverse consequences on the health of individuals and marine creatures and organisms. Algal blooms also negatively impact tourism, diversion and so, regional and local markets. While there's more than 1 reason for algal blooms, a main human-based source of algae blooms is runoff in the petroleum-based fertilizers frequently utilized in traditional farming.
Supporting Animal Health and Welfare
Insects, fish, birds and all kinds of other creatures experience difficulties when individuals swoop in and destroy their habitat. Organic farming helps conserve more natural habitat regions but also promotes birds and other all-natural predators to live happily on farmland, which helps in pest control. Also, animals who reside on organic farms are vulnerable to wash, chemical-free grazing which can help keep them obviously healthy and immune to disease. As a benefit for organic farmers, healthy and happy natural animals are productive organic animals.​
Organic Farming Encourages Biodiversity
Insects, fish, birds and all kinds of other creatures experience difficulties when individuals swoop in and destroy their habitat. Organic farming helps conserve more natural habitat regions but also promotes birds and other all-natural predators to live happily on farmland, which helps in pest control. Also, animals who reside on organic farms are vulnerable to wash, chemical-free grazing which can help keep them obviously healthy and immune to disease. As a benefit for organic farmers, healthy and happy natural animals are productive organic animals.​

Rolling Out the Georgia Food Oasis Network

The mission of Georgia Food Oasis is to empower Georgians to healthier ways to eat, cook and grow local, fresh foods. Through building and supporting local coalitions that organize around the goal of creating resilient local food economies, GFO seeks to facilitate communities in self-developing innovative, affordable ways to increase healthy food access, improve the […]

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The mission of Georgia Food Oasis is to empower Georgians to healthier ways to eat, cook and grow local, fresh foods. Through building and supporting local coalitions that organize around the goal of creating resilient local food economies, GFO seeks to facilitate communities in self-developing innovative, affordable ways to increase healthy food access, improve the […]

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The mission of Georgia Food Oasis is to empower Georgians to healthier ways to eat, cook and grow local, fresh foods. Through building and supporting local coalitions that organize around the goal of creating resilient local food economies, GFO seeks to facilitate communities in self-developing innovative, affordable ways to increase healthy food access, improve the local food economy, and promote healthy living.

The pilot phase kicked off in 2015 when we identified three communities (Augusta, Columbus, and Atlanta) that were already engaged in food access work, and worked with them over a three-year period to help identify local food assets, develop local leadership, and direct resources to community-led projects and initiatives. During the next phase of GFO programming, our plan is to leverage the lessons learned and successes achieved during the pilot phase to expand on this model of organizing and continue to build food oases across the entire state of Georgia.

Here’s a look at some of the achievements from the GFO pilot phase and an update on what’s up next for the pilot communities:

Augusta – Among the projects that received GFO support in Augusta were an urban ag bootcamp, a youth life-skills program, and a composting project that takes invasive weeds growing in the Augusta canal and turns them into nutrient-rich soil that can be used by growers and farms in the community. This year, mini-grants awarded to Augusta Locally Grown and Soul + Soil kicked off two public engagement campaigns which provide fun, educational, and hands-on space for the community to learn and discover new ways to experience food.

Columbus – Columbus Food Oasis initiatives ranged from creating a community garden map, to building a fruit orchard on an abandoned plot of land, to starting a bi-weekly farmers market that saw $1500 in SNAP redemption and doubling in its first season. This year the market plans to implement an on-site micro-farm and incorporate patient dietary education. Also, be on the lookout for details about the Columbus fruit tree sale planned for September 2019.

Atlanta – The Fresh MARTA Market is entering its fifth season of operation, and is now hosted at five MARTA stations around the city. The market has enjoyed steady growth and is becoming a model for other cities who are looking to implement similar food access solutions in their communities. Atlanta Food Oasis also recently began a partnership with the Georgia Department of Corrections and Trellis Horticultural Therapy to teach gardening and life skills to women living in transitional housing.

The GFO approach utilizes the four P’s (public engagement, partnership, planning, and policy) to help organize local efforts around achieving the goal of increasing local food access, supply, and consumption. Georgia Food Oasis seeks to provide Georgia neighborhoods and community organizations with guidance and resource support to community-led initiatives, create a community of practice in Georgia that prioritizes inclusivity, equity, and sustainability in food systems planning, and elevate and promote the hard work of Georgia’s communities engaged in healthy, local food access.

 

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