Organic Farming Summary What is organic farming? Organic farming is farming is defined by the USDA as: “...Organic agriculture produces products using methods that preserve the environment and avoid most synthetic materials, such as pesticides and antibiotics.”(USDA) This means that organic farmers have jump through a certain amount of hoops to get certified in the United States. These hoops include; must preserve natural resources, support animal health and welfare, provide access for animals to go outside, only use approved material, no use of genetically modified ingredients, annual onsite inspections, and to keep organic food separate from non-organic food. This process is expensive and difficult because they are such high standards
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With this sudden demand for different varieties of organically grown products, there is not a single country that can produce enough to serve this increasing demand. This opens up a very large export opportunity for developing countries such as, Uganda, Africa. Since Uganda as a country has committed to growing organically, with having the world’s lowest amount of artificial fertilizer use at less than 2 percent. There is a movement called The National Organic Agricultural Movement of Uganda (NOGAMU) this movement was created in 2001 to connect the producers of the produce with the processors and the exporters. NOGAMU’s vision is to, “Increase incomes and improved livelihoods in Uganda through adoption of Organic Agriculture” (NOGAMU). With this vision the lives of Uganda’s civilians will become better.
How do organic non-organic fertilizers differ? Organic fertilizers usually being animal manure witch is high is nitrogen. When manure is applied wet (straight from the cow rear end) it must first go through the mineralization process to break down the material into a more soluble substance that the pant can absorb. This mineralization process takes time but if the material is left out to dry this problem is more avoidable. Synthetic fertilizers are manmade, and water soluble so the plant can absorb is right away. Comparative to “synthetic” fertilizers or water soluble fertilizers the amount of organic material