We often heard organic food, organic gardening and organic horticulture, but what does it really means? Defining the term organic will be difficult but when you say organic food, it only means one thing, food that are grown without the use of fertilizers and other chemicals. Organic horticulture is the science of growing foods following the principle of organic agriculture.
Organic Agriculture or Organic farming is the form of agriculture that relies on crop rotation, green manure, compost, biological pest control, organically approved pesticide application 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 antibiotics, food additives, and genetically modified organisms. (wikipedia.com)
Organic farming does not really increase the productivity of harvest drops. So why is organic farming gaining more popularity? Because through organic farming, the soil productivity is preserved thus making a piece of land have longer life span in terms of planting. In the long run, organic farming can yield more harvest.
What will you need if you opt for organic farming/ gardening? Some people thought that organic farming is expensive, I even read from one of my marce blog that a certain foreigner says that we cannot afford organic farming. Excuse me mr foreigner but organic farming has been in the Philippines long before your big companies introduced pesticides to us. You can buy organic products from the people in the province (in fact my mom use to buy organic rice, organic crops and everything organic from a town near her place). To start organic farming is to learn the basic of organic agriculture, as it was mentioned above, the use of organic fertlizers and crop rotation, remember that the main goal of organic farming is to maintain the productivity of the soil.