September 1, 2009
What is organic?
Here are other differences between conventional farming and organic farming:
conventional - Apply chemical fertilizers to promote plant growth.
organic - Apply natural fertilizers, such as manure or compost, to feed soil and plants.
conventional - Spray insecticides to reduce pests and disease.
organic - Use beneficial insects and birds, mating disruption or traps to reduce, pests and disease.
conventional - Use chemical herbicides to manage weeds.
organic - Rotate crops, till, hand weed or mulch to manage weeds.
conventional - Give animals antibiotics, growth hormones and medications to prevent disease and spur growth.
organic - Give animals organic feed and allow them access to the outdoors. Use preventive measures - such as rotational grazing, a balanced diet and clean housing - to help minimize disease.
I'm a Master Naturalist and an outdoor enthusiast -- mostly kayaking, and I live on a Peninsula in the Chesapeake Bay. I'm the author of The Nature Fan, Nature Fan Activists, Green Earth Almanac, and Amanda's Geographic. Formerly, I ran the nationally syndicated column "National Green Activism" for The Examiner, and I was a key factor in the success of many campaigns. Make sure you don't miss a post, and subscribe by email! Thanks for reading.