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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.​

A Seat at the Table: Living Color Racial Equity Dialogue Dinner

by Angel Mills For cities around the country, May 19 is a day to commemorate civil rights leader Malcolm X. Though Atlanta has not officially adopted the holiday, many local residents still recognize the day and Malcolm X’s legacy with thoughtful and educational programming for local community members. Vegan chef and Kings Apron founder Chef […]

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by Angel Mills For cities around the country, May 19 is a day to commemorate civil rights leader Malcolm X. Though Atlanta has not officially adopted the holiday, many local residents still recognize the day and Malcolm X’s legacy with thoughtful and educational programming for local community members. Vegan chef and Kings Apron founder Chef […]

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Georgia Farmers Markets Executive Director Sagdrina Jalal speaking to audience with event host Educator Rachel Willis. Cicely Garret (not pictured) co-hosted the event with Rachel.

by Angel Mills

For cities around the country, May 19 is a day to commemorate civil rights leader Malcolm X. Though Atlanta has not officially adopted the holiday, many local residents still recognize the day and Malcolm X’s legacy with thoughtful and educational programming for local community members. Vegan chef and Kings Apron founder Chef Zu (Elija Lee) thought it was important that he honor Malcolm X by hosting his  “Living Color” Racial Equity Dialogue Dinner on May 19.

Chef Zu said it was important for him to host the event because, “Not having racial equity within our food system correlates to whether or not we can obtain sustainable optimal health.” The Living Color Racial Equity Dialogue Dinner took place at Generator and focused on creating a safe space for sharing innovative and creative ideas around how farmers, food workers, chefs, restaurants, local food initiatives and food & farming non-profits can best deal with racial inequities in the workspace. (Source: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/living-color-racial-equity-dialogue-dinner-tickets-58588694362#)

“Generator’s mission is to bring people together to generate ideas that shape the future of cities.” said Generator Executive Director Heather Infantry. “Our ability to achieve better outcomes for everyone, we believe, begins first with how well we see one another and build authentic relationships. When Chef Zu approached us with his idea for the dinner, we felt an immediate alignment and wanted to support this bold effort to create space for candid conversation about race and racism.”

Attendees purchased tickets based upon an equitable ticket pricing model. Ticket prices reflected gender, race, ethnicity wage gap, and gender inequity. Ticket types were Farmers & Food Workers, Women of Color, Men of Color, White/Asian Women, and White/Asian Men.

Attendees enjoyed a delicious five course plant-based meal while participating in group discussion with their respective table members. Discussion topics concerned racial inequity, language, next steps for addressing racial disparity in our respective work.

Food Corps Program Manager Sumer Ladd said the following about her experience.

“I am leaving committed to speaking up and calling out when I see the ways that white supremacy shows up in food-based nonprofits and the way I do my own work. We need to be more critical of our work and the way we do things and really ask ourselves if we are just writing grants and starting programs that in turn fail the people we claim we aim to support when it comes time to asking for more funding.

 Are we operating in the same ways that the white supremacist systems we claim we want to dismantle operate? I’ve sat through countless racial equity/food justice conversations in the Atlanta food scene, and we always walk away saying we’re excited to continue the conversation and then we go back to our offices operating the way we always have. We can show up to all the racial equity conversations and “diversify” our staff all we want, but it’s meaningless if the way we do our work is reinforcing the same systems of white supremacy that caused all of our issues to begin with. The conversation at my table helped me remember to not take for granted my privilege of being a decision maker in my role, actually listen to and be receptive of criticism, and make changes accordingly.”

All attendees were sent a racial equity toolkit to assist in achieving their racial equity objectives. Click HERE to read it.

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