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Transitioning to Organic Farming

The transition to work with organic labels is a new way of life. The process takes three years to adjust soil from conventional to organic farming, but AgDynamic products can help you along the way.

When you decide to make the three-year shift, synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides are no longer viable solutions to grow a crop, instead you must switch to organic substances.

Soils begin to thrive and live sustainably off their own nutrients. By applying Humic Acid and/or Fulvic Acid you allow chelation in soil, which is basically increasing the availability of nutrients in the soil to plants.

How to transition?

Becoming organic starts with the health of the ground, but there are many logistics. Organic products are monitored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the National Organic Program Standards which was implemented in 2002 to create the USDA Certified Organic labels.

Once you make the great choice of growing food organically, you must become USDA certified.

  1.     A USDA-accredited certifying agent is selected to review applications and fees.
  2.     The certifying agent will review if the practices follow the USDA organic regulations.
  3.     An on-site inspection is conducted by an inspector.
  4.     The certifying agent reviews the inspectors report to see if the applicant complies with USDA regulations.
  5.     The certifying agent issues organic certificate.

via “United States Department of Agriculture.”  Click here to find out how AgDynamic products can help you during this transition process. 

Why to transition?

For the farmer – higher economic gains will result. With organic crops being an important part of people’s diets the market is doing well.

  • 2014 – 2015:
    • An 11% increase in organic food sales
  • 2015:
    • $43.3 billion in total organic product sales
  • 2016:
    • $65.8 Billion in annual sales

via “Organic Trade Associates”

For the earth the cost of transitioning to organic farming may have an initial cost, but the rewards are so much more than the economic benefits.

  • Long term sustainability
  • Improved soil structure
  • Less erosion
  • Increased biodiversity
  • Mitigating climate change
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Reducing groundwater pollution

via “Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN”

The history of organic farming

Past

In 1962, Rachel Carson published Silent Spring, a forefront of the environmental movement.  

This novel focused on biomagnification which is the magnification of chemicals and toxins in organisms from ingesting other organisms. Carson’s studies not only increased the awareness of environmental degradation but also created government change in agriculture. By 1975, chemicals used on crops were tested.

Present

The environmental and agricultural events of the 20th Century have been pivotal to todays’ knowledge. Producers and consumers are aware of food that’s being put into grocery stores, local markets, and circulating the globe. Awareness of healthy eating and a healthy Earth is being promoted.  

Eco-buzzwords in the food system are greening consumers’ choices, and rightfully so.

ORGANIC, NON-GMO, SUSTAINABLY SOURCED, BIODEGRADABLE.

These wonderful words are what people look for in the nourishment they’re feeding their bodies.

Future

The future of agriculture is constantly changing, but one thing is sure, if we all make the transition to organics, we can create a lasting life of food production. We will create a healthy ecosystem for our plants to continually root in, a land of constantly changing crops, healthier humans, and so much more.

The wealth organic farming provides towards the protection of the earth far outweighs any other benefit!

The future of farming is ours to change.

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