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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.​

WE’RE GROWING! GEORGIA FOOD OASIS WELCOMES FIVE NEW COMMUNITIES TO THE GFO NETWORK!

After a three-year pilot, Georgia Food Oasis is excited to move into its next phase with the launch of the GFO Network! The Georgia Food Oasis Network seeks to elevate and connect pioneering communities across the state who are engaged in the vital work of growing local food access in their neighborhoods. Along with our […]

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After a three-year pilot, Georgia Food Oasis is excited to move into its next phase with the launch of the GFO Network! The Georgia Food Oasis Network seeks to elevate and connect pioneering communities across the state who are engaged in the vital work of growing local food access in their neighborhoods. Along with our […]

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After a three-year pilot, Georgia Food Oasis is excited to move into its next phase with the launch of the GFO Network! The Georgia Food Oasis Network seeks to elevate and connect pioneering communities across the state who are engaged in the vital work of growing local food access in their neighborhoods. Along with our three pilot communities, we’re also excited to announce the addition of five new Georgia communities to the growing network of good food champions across the state:

  • Rome/Floyd Co.
    Lead organization: The William S. Davies Homeless Shelter
    • The Davies Shelter is developing two major good food projects in partnership with other organizations this year. The first is a 2-acre Community Farm in partnership with South Rome Redevelopment Corporation, the City of Rome, Rome Action Ministries, and the ECO Center. The second program is the Farm Bus, donated by St. Mary’s Catholic School and converted into a mobile farmers market by students at Berry College’s Creative Innovations Lab.

 

  • Waycross/Ware Co.
    Lead organization: Waygreen Homestead Guild
    • Waygreen works with and supports local farmers to offer fresh, local sustainable foods year round through an online market and seasonal local fare market that attracts over 600 shoppers May-November. Through partnerships with a local food bank, Destination Downtown, and Ware Children’s Initiative (Family Connections), a new Southeast Georgia Glean Team has formed and is currently gleaning local fruits and vegetables. WayGreen also partners with local schools, the Southeast Health District, the local chapter of Slow Food South Georgia, and other organizations, to offer services such as cooking demonstrations, food giveaways, and gardening classes.

 

  • Monroe/Walton Co.
    Lead organization: Walton Wellness
    • In 2012, Walton Wellness launched the Mobile Farmacy Farmer’s Market for financially burdened citizens in the community. The market seeded Walton Wellness’s Grow A Row project, which encourages churches, organizations and businesses to plant raised bed gardens and donate the produce to the market. These and other successes led to the formation of the Walton Local Food Alliance in 2018. The alliance includes farmers, chefs, business owners, organizations, government entities, and faith-based communities.

 

  • Albany/Dougherty Co.
    Lead organization: The Southwest Georgia Project
    • Southwest Georgia Project has partnered with the local school systems and developed teaching gardens at every elementary school in Dougherty County, established direct to consumer farmers markets in collaboration with Friends of Tift Park, created a Farm to Daycare Curriculum for childcare centers, provided nutrition education to the most vulnerable in collaboration with Public Health, and supported family farmers through training, outreach and technical assistance.

 

  • Savannah/Chatham Co.
    Lead organization: Healthy Savannah
    • Healthy Savannah is operated by a diverse group of dedicated volunteers, and its work and membership reach deeply into underserved areas. Healthy Savannah actively engages the community in its projects and actions and has conducted community surveys to identify and champion specific policy, systems, and environmental change to meet the needs of underserved populations.

A local food policy coalition more than a decade old, over a dozen farmers’ markets (including some mobile markets!), a compost operation and an urban orchard are just a few of the ways good food champions in the network are empowering their communities to discover, taste and learn about food. One of GFO Network’s main goals is to facilitate peer-to-peer connections between good food advocates and community leaders across the state that will support communities in self-developing innovative and affordable ways to eat, cook and grow local, fresh food. Through robust public engagement, intentional partnerships, community-centered planning and  good food policies, the GFO approach to developing a food oasis community focuses on finding solutions to improve supply, access to, and consumption of fresh, local food and that are tailored to the specific needs of the community.

Over the next several months, Georgia Food Oasis will host a number of trainings, workshops, and networking events designed to share knowledge about Georgia’s good food movement and provide opportunities to foster meaningful connections with our neighbors across the state working to ensure all Georgians have access to fresh, healthy food no matter where they live. Stay in the know by signing up for our GFO e-newsletter!

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