Promotion of organic farming and other farming practices that are chemical free are gaining popularity in the world today. This is because that has to be clean, healthy and sustainable for the prosperity of civilization.
There are three major reasons why organic farming is of great benefit to the world today. The prime reason is the reduction of deaths to the living organism including the human beings by minimal use of chemically manufactured farm inputs like fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides. Secondly, the society will benefit from healthy food due to healthy farm products. Finally, it greatly reduces the greenhouse gas emissions that are dangerous to the ozone layer hence combating the changes in climatic conditions. Agriculture is the main source of greenhouse gasses. Fertilizers like urea release a gas called nitrous oxide that is a dangerous greenhouse gas.
The organic farming is predicted to rise shortly due to the massive training in the agricultural institutions across the world. Students in most of the universities and middle-level colleges offering agricultural courses expose their students to familiarize themselves with the organic industry through Lab Management Programs, Capstone, and Self-Audit. The lab management programs is a process of establishing an organic farm where students familiarize themselves with different organic agriculture practices. The acquired skills are then disseminated to the neighboring farming society. They offer training programs to local farmers in the society on the promotion and also practice of organic farming. Farmers are also given incubation support by visiting the campuses and middle-level colleges to give them great exposure to organic farming practices.
Another aspect that has dramatically boosted the organic farming is the demand and supply chain. The demand is so high that the supply cannot keep it. Therefore, the organic farming is projected to rise due to the urge by farmers to satisfy the supply by embarking in organic farming.
Although there is progress in the growth of organic farming, it still accounts less percentage of the world horticulture production. There are various reasons for this setbacks. These include;
High cost of production.
- People hesitate from eating fresh vegetables and fruits due to its high cost and also the high cost of production.
- Size and appearance.
- Most people normally undermine the organic produce of being small and of less benefit compared to chemically farmed produce.
The cost of organic certification.
The cost of obtaining an organic certification is very long and expensive hence becoming a barrier to many farmers who want to embark on organic farming. However, this cost is expected to drop due to a high number of organic growers being certified.
Organic farmers normally use chemicals in their organic farming practices. Although they are not using synthetically manufactured chemicals, certified organic chemicals can be dangerous too to the soil organism. For example, copper sulfate that act as an anti-fungicide kills soil organism like earthworms yet it is a certified organic chemical. However, it is advisable to use certified organic chemicals as opposed to synthetic chemicals for the soil health.