By fiifi DZANSI
We can all become organic farmers/gardeners.
Commercial farming practices, including the use of fertiliser and pesticides, are not sustainable. We are losing much of our bee population and other organisms. It’s worrying.
Some have switched to organic farming. That’s where the trend must head if we are serious about climate change. Crops grown in the organic farming system are healthier. And this method helps preserve our ecosystem.
With all the benefits, why aren’t all farmers taking this direction?
Organic farming isn’t easy.
It takes time.
Controlling pests is difficult. And yield may not be as bountiful.
Many argue that the world is in serious need of food to feed the hungry. And organic farming may not help hasten things up.
Humans once practised organic farming before tech got to this stage. If we are determined enough, we can turn things around.
One bold step is for all of us to start our gardens wherever we live on Earth.
First, it helps to appreciate where the food we eat comes from. We may have some basic food we can put on our plate. The delight that comes from eating from your own harvest can not be overemphasised.
Composting is a vital part of organic farming. The food we no longer need, dead plants and animal droppings are kept in a bin. Over time it becomes a natural food for the crop we grow in our gardens. This practice reduces food waste in refuse dumps and decreases our greenhouse problems.
Gardening requires some sort of dedication and commitment. So start small. Even if you live in a high-rising apartment in the city, you can grow herbs and veggies in containers on your balcony.