Organic Farming

PRINCIPLES (General Level)

  • IMPROVE AND MAINTAIN THE NATURAL LANDSCAPE AND AGRO ECO SYSTEM
  • AVOID OVER-EXPLOITATION AND POLLUTION OF NATURAL RESOURCES
  • MINIMIZE CONSUMPTION OF NON-RENEWABLE ENERGY AND RESOURCES
  • PRODUCE SUFFICIENT QUANTITIES OF NUTRITIOUS WHOLESOME AND HIGH QUALITY FOOD
  • PROVIDE ADEQUATE RETURNS, WITHIN A SAFE, SECURE AND HEALTHY WORKING ENVIRONMENT
  • ACKNOWLEDGE INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE AND TRADITIONAL FARMING SYSTEMS

PRINCIPLES (Practical Level)

  • MAINTAIN AND INCREASE THE LONG-TERM FERTILITY OF THE SOIL
  • ENHANCE BIOLOGICAL CYCLES WITHIN THE FARM, ESPECIALLY NUTRIENT CYCLES
  • PROVIDE NITROGEN SUPPLY BY INTENSIVE USE OF NITROGEN FIXING PLANTS
  • BIOLOGICAL PLANT PROTECTION BASED ON PREVE:NTION INSTEAD OF CURING
  • DIVERSITY OF CROP VARIETIES AND ANIMAL SPECIES, APPROPRIATE TO THE NEEDS OF THE ANIMALS
  • ANIMAL HUSBANDRY APPROPRIATE TO THE NEEDS OF THE ANIMALS
  • BAN ON SYNTHETIC CHEMICAL FERTILISERS, PLANT PROTECTION, HORMONES AND GROWTH REGULATORS.
  • PROHIBITION OF GENETIC ENGINEERING AND ITS PRODUCTS
  • BAN ON SYNTHETIC OR HARMFUL METHODS, PROCESSING AIDS AND INGREDIENTS IN FOOD PROCESSING

DIVERSITY FOR ECOLOGICAL BALANCE

  • GROW DIFFERENT CROPS : MIXED CROPPING, CROP ROTATION
  • KEEP FARM ANIMALS : INTEGRATED FARMING
  • ENCOURAGE THE PRESENCE OF WILDLIFE: INSPECTS, SPIDERS, BIRDS, FROGS ETC.
  • PROMOTE DIVERSITY IN SOIL LIFE: MICROBES’, EARTH WORMS, ALGAE, FUNGUS ETC.