Organic Agriculture in India


The National Organic Standards Board of the United States of America defines organic agriculture as: “An ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony”. The word “organic farming” was coined by Lord Northbourne (an English agriculturist) in his book ‘Look to the Land’ way back in 1940.

Thus organic farming essentially is one of the many approaches towards sustainable agriculture. What makes it unique is that it disapproves of almost any kind of synthetic inputs. It includes practices such as crop rotation, green manure, compost, biological pest control among others. There is emphasis on using the natural environment in order to improve agricultural productivity. Measures such as planting legumes to fix nitrogen in the soil, encouraging natural insect predators for pest control, weed…

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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7 Responses to Organic Agriculture in India

  1. Tammy says:

    I’m not sure I’ve ever seen the full-fledged definition before so I appreciate that.

  2. Daniel Digby says:

    There doesn’t seem to be anything regarding runoff of manure or other contaminants into rivers (although I expect this is much worse in some other farming methods).

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