Organic Vegetable Gardening (Google / Alien sightings)

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The History of Organic Vegetable Gardening

The history of organic vegetable gardening dates several centuries ago that the ancient civilizations that relied on subsistence fishing to place food on the table. At the time, nobody used fertilizers and pesticides, but the world has increased in population, demand for food also increased. To fill the gap, scientists chose to introduce fertilizers and chemicals to reduce the harvesting time and make the vegetables larger . Organic vegetable gardening only made a come back in the 1980s make another ancient practice again when the U.S. Department of Agriculture has encouraged farmers to do so by giving incentives. It has more farmers join the bandwagon which is also underway in Europe. But organic gardening is not only to eliminate the use of fertilizers and pesticides. Farmers must use other means to bring out drives as compost, crop residues, crop rotation, integrated pest and mechanical cultivation to maintain soil productivity and to fight against.

The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements is the regulator these days says that farmers around the world how it should be done. Their recommendations help crops grow in 75 million acres of land throughout the world. Their strategy focuses on sustainable development so that the land used today can not be used by the next generation as we left them for a healthy ecosystem. Organic vegetable gardening has proven its effectiveness since, since its inception in 1980. To prove this point, a study said that the amount of corn and soybeans produced using this method was nearly the same compared to those who used fertilizers and pesticides. The best part is that this was achieved without using much energy and without the risk of having harmful chemicals enter our body. It has been estimated by a university unless developing countries also practice organic vegetable gardening, they too can also double or triple their crops without wasting money on buying pesticides and fertilizes. One thing you must keep in mind here is that a percentage of vegetables consumed in the United States are imported from other countries.


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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.