There are many myths floating around Organic Farming system. This system is going to be predominant agriculture system in few decades as it is an effective system that balances conventional wisdom and modern methods of farming without harmful chemicals. Here’s a rundown of the top myths of organic farming:
Myth 1 – Organic farming cannot feed the world:
Organic farming is time intensive and produces less yield, which results in the saying “this will never feed the entire world”
Truth – Today, organic farming can give result in high yield with the help of organic techniques and products. There are have powerful evidence to prove that the organic farming system can not only compete with chemical farming in but it could exceed the conventional output. And interestingly, the ability of synthetic fertilizers to increase crop yields has been declining. Besides, it is beneficial to the environment and ecology as it does not disturb the balance of nature, rather it promotes it.
Myth 2 – Organic farming is the outdated and unscientific system:
Organic farming means following the traditional method of farming without any input of new innovations and scientific application.
Truth- Organic farming consists of three key points i.e. conventional wisdom, scientific technology, care for livelihood. It combines latest innovation and techniques with organic methods that promote sustainability and food safety.
Myth 3 – Pests cannot be controlled in organic farming:
Pests are the major problem in cultivation, as they deteriorate the plant growth resulting in less output. Many believe that there is no concrete solution to the pests in organic farming.
Truth – A healthy plant is less vulnerable to pest and disease infestation. Therefore, a major aim for the organic farmer is to create conditions which keep a plant healthy. By using right methods, cropping system, nutrition management and using right safe inputs effectively manage pests in the fields.
Myth 4 – Organic Food Is Too Expensive:
Organic food is expensive and unaffordable
Truth – Organic food is sold at a higher price in cities as people are willing to buy healthy food at a premium. However, in rural areas, the price difference is not much. Many sell their produce at par without even knowing that they can command higher prices. With more and more farmers adopting organic farming, the higher supply would only bring down the difference. We should also remember the fact that, conventional food has some hidden costs, such as health costs related to issues caused by pesticides and the costs of cleaning up the environment once we unleash chemicals and pesticides.
Myth 5 – Organic is just marketing hype:
Many consumers feel that organic is nothing more than marketing hype, created to make people spend more money.
Truth- This system is the need of the hour to achieve and maintain health, food safety, security, sustainability and biodiversity.
Myth 6 – Organic farming is limited to the kitchen garden and small-scale farming:
Organic farming cannot be used for the large-scale commercial purposes as it is time intensive, more labour work, more cost and the profits are low.
Truth- The organic farming can be practised in commercial farming with the same amount of efforts. Using organic foliar inputs, a commercial grower can grow crops organically while adopting safe farming practices. They are a great many commercial organic farmers today enjoying bumper crops for commercial purposes. For example in India, Mr G.N.Naidu had gained a lot of wealth and fame, making the organic farming a hugely successful story.
Myth 7 – Organic food does not taste better:
Organic food and conventional food have the same taste.
Truth- Organic food tastes a lot more natural and better because unlike conventional food, organic food does not have any pesticide residue and artificial essence caused by lots of chemical and wax coating on the food surface. Many top chefs today use only organic produce for achieving the distinct taste.
Myth 8 – Organic farming means chemical free practice:
Organic farming system does not allow any chemical to be used
Truth – In organic farming, Farmers are permitted to use certain harmless chemical components and products which are harmless to humans and environment. As per the applicable system, the chemicals are classified into Prohibited, Restricted and Permitted categories.
When the cloud of myths is cleared, you can see the true benefits and power of organic farming. So be the part of the change by being the part of organic farming for better health and better future. If you are a commercial grower or home gardener, you can ask us to provide you more information on our advance organic products that are 100% certified.
Authored by Smur Marcom – Miss. Konudula Oohitha<