Organic farmers grow robust crops without using toxic and persistent pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers or GMOs. They do this by building up the soil with natural inputs and managing weeds and pests through cultivation, biological controls (such as pest predators), and diverse crop rotations.
They raise healthy livestock without growth hormones, antibiotics or slaughter by-products. Instead, they provide organic feed, verdant pastures, and ample living room. Organically raised animals are allowed to behave naturally, which reduces stress and encourages strong immune systems.
Organic farmers proactively manage their fields, continuously building organic matter and improving the condition of the soil. Tools of the trade include cover crops, crop rotations, animal manures, and compost. Natural, mined rocks, such as lime, also can be used to balance the soil.
Balanced, living soils produce healthy crops with minimal disease and insect problems, and support strong livestock. The result is nutritious, good-tasting, health-promoting food, and nontoxic fiber for clothing and other textiles.
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