What is organic farming?



The origin of the term organic farming dates back to 1939, when Lord Northbourne first used it in his book Look to the Land, published in 1940, where he described a holistic, ecologically balanced approach to farming, contrary to the already emerging artificial farming [1] that relied in non-natural chemicals that would artificially promote plant growth and rapidly increase farmers benefits.

In order to be considered organic, foods need to be free of artificial food additives, chemicals, pesticides and the like. It goes without saying that Genetically Modified Organisms fall out of the scope of organic food description.



The United States Department of Agriculture's definition goes even further, including among the requirements being 100% free of Genetically Modified ingredients or GMO's.

The organic movement began in the 60's, especially fostered by the publication of books as "Silent spring", by Rachel Cason, where the author exposed the risk and dangers that the used of pesticides could potentially have for consumers. 

But for most of us, organic food wasn't widely available in big cities until recently, not being until the late 80's when supermarkets and commercial areas started to advertise "Eco products" aka "Bio" as a safer and more natural option to the industrialized and widely available regular products. Image: See credits under reference [2] below.



In spite the most optimistic analysts forecast a considerably big increase in the consumption of organic food over the coming five years, the present economic crisis have forced more and more families to go back to the regular industrial and non-ecologically grown products.

From Herbcyclopedia we would like to use this article to raise awareness and concern over non-natural products, promoting the use of biologically friendly and organic food whenever possible, reminding how important is to know what you eat.

"Every time you eat or drink, you are either feeding disease or fighting it" Heather Morgan, Ms, NLC.



 [1] Wikipedia article on Organic food under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
[2] Pixibay image under Public Domain License CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0).