Our choices impact the health of this place we call home. Organic farming practices: Keep millions of pounds of chemicals out of the environment Create healthier working conditions for farmers and agricultural workers Do not depend on chemical pesticides (poisons), synthetic fertilizers, or genetically engineered ingredients Reduce global warming. Organic farms pull CO2 out of the atmosphere as much as three times the rate of conventional farming practices and releases less CO2 into the atmosphere because it does not rely on chemical fertilizers and herbicides (Rodale Institute, 2008) Promote bio-diversity. Insect and bird life has been found to be as much...
Certification is done by independent, third party certifiers accredited to the standards being certified against (Source: Organic Trade Association, 2008).
Submit application to accredited independent 3rd party certifier Develop Farm Plan for Ecosystem Management Develop an Internal Control System, includes record keeping Annual Inspections by certifier Transition period of 2-3 years depending on standard (Source: Organic Trade Association, 2008)
The major differences are in the following categories: seeds, weed control, soil, water, and harvest practice. Organic agricultural practices prohibit the use of chemical pesticides, fertilizers, and genetically modified seeds (GMO seeds). For more information, check out the Organic Exchange Symbiosis booklet (Source: Organic Trade Association, 2008). Click here to find out more
What proportion of the agricultural chemicals are used to support conventional farming practices for cotton?
Conventionally grown cotton consumes 25% of the insecticides and more than 10% of the pesticides used in the world (Source: Organic Trade Association, 2008).