Thursday, May 28, 2009

Organic Farming - Definition

“Organic farming is a form of agriculture that relies on crop rotation, green manure, compost, biological pest control, and mechanical cultivation to maintain soil productivity and control pests, excluding or strictly limiting the use of synthetic fertilizers and synthetic pesticides, plant growth regulators, livestock feed additives, and genetically modified organisms.”

Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission

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“Organic agriculture is a production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people.

It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of inputs with adverse effects.

Organic agriculture combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote fair relationships and a good quality of life for all involved.”

IFOAM

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"Organic agriculture is an ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity.

It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony. "

National Organic Standard Board

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“Organic farming is the process of producing food naturally.

This method avoids the use of synthetic chemical fertilizers and genetically modified organisms to influence the growth of crops.

The main idea behind organic farming is 'zero impact' on the environment.

The motto of the organic farmer is to protect the earth’s resources and produce safe, healthy food.”

http://www.organic-living.net/

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“Vegetable and livestock production using natural sources of nutrients and natural methods of crop and weed control, instead of using synthetic or inorganic agrochemicals. Also called low input farming.”

http://www.businessdirectory.com/

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“Organic farming is a sustainable agricultural with good land-stewardship.

The objective is to produce safe, healthy & affordable food for local community, with minimal-impact on the environment. It should be practiced based on good agricultural practices, and limiting the use o f synthetic agrochemicals, and excluding use of GMOs”

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