Organic farming is an alternative agricultural system which originated early in the 20th century in reaction to rapidly changing farming practices. Organic farming continues to be developed by various organic agriculture organizations today. It relies on fertilizers of organic origin such as compost manure, green manure, and bone meal and places emphasis on techniques such as crop rotation and companion planting.
Biological pest control, mixed cropping and the fostering of insect predators are encouraged. In general, organic standards are designed to allow the use of naturally occurring substances while prohibiting or strictly limiting synthetic substances.
For instance, naturally occurring pesticides such as pyrethrin and rotenone are permitted, while synthetic fertilizers and pesticides are generally prohibited. Synthetic substances that are allowed include, for example, copper sulfate, elemental sulfur and Ivermectin. Genetically modified organisms, nanomaterials, human sewage sludge, plant growth regulators, hormones, and antibiotic use in livestock husbandry are prohibited. Reasons for advocation of organic farming include advantages in sustainability, openness, self-sufficiency, autonomy / independence, health, food security, and food safety.
Benefits of Organic Farming.
- 1. Organic Farming Discourages Environmental Exposure to Pesticides and Chemicals
- 2. Organic Farming Builds Healthy Soil
- 3. Organic Farming Helps Combat Erosion
- 4. To accrue the benefits of nutrients
- 5. Natural and better taste
- 6. To prevent antibiotics, drugs, and hormones in animal products
- 7. Organic food Helps us stay healthy
Process Of Jeevamrutham
Dependence on Chemical fertilizers and pesticides has made farming operations unsustainable on all fronts. Massive use of fertilizers and pesticides, has not only robbed the soil of its inherent vigor and vitality it has also made production and productivity stagnant. The inimical effects on Humans as well as on the environmental health by this increasing use of pesticides and fertilizers have been experienced and well documented. To overcome such unsustainable practices and in a bid to prevent human and environmental calamities, Organic cultivation practices have caught up in big way. Use of “JEEVAMRUTHAM” is one such practice. The results of using Jeevamrutham have been proved to be highly successful, and quite a few farmers are using this in their fields. It can be prepared at the farm level quite easily using locally available ingredients.
The ingredients that go into its making are : 1.Dhal flour (Besan), 2.Jaggery, 3.Cow Urine, 4.Cow Dung (Both from Native cows), 5.Water
30 lts of Cow urine,
30 kgs of cows dung,
6 kgs of Dhal flour (Besan),
6 kgs of Jaggery,
mixed in 600 liters of water
Mix all one after the other and ferment it in water. Make enough Jeevamrutham for use in 2 acres of land.