JUNE 5TH is World Environment Day and in 2021 the theme is Ecosystem Restoration.
This is the day for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of the environment. One of our most important values is being certified organic. By supporting organic farming we are ensuring there is no use of pesticides, herbicides, or GMOs in the growing of our products.
Key benefits of organic farming for the environment include:
- Sustainability - organic farming is proactive in ensuring a positive effect on the environment. This supports the long-term health of the environment for healthy soils and biodiversity.
- Water - the contamination of groundwater from synthetic fertilizers and pesticides is a real problem in many places around the world. Organic fertilizers and the practice of enhancing biodiversity improves soil structure and water infiltration.
- Soils - Soil building practices such as crop rotations, inter-cropping, symbiotic associations, cover crops, organic fertilizers, and minimum tillage are central to organic practices. All these encourage soil flora and fauna, improve soil formation and stability.
- Air and climate change - Organic agriculture reduces non-renewable energy use by decreasing agrochemical needs, which require high quantities of fossil fuel to be produced. Many management practices used by organic agriculture (e.g., minimum tillage, returning crop residues to the soil, the use of cover crops and rotations, and the greater integration of nitrogen-fixing legumes), increase the return of carbon to the soil, raising productivity and favouring carbon storage.
- Biodiversity - The maintenance of natural areas within and around organic farms, and the absence of chemical inputs create suitable habitats for wildlife. A healthy gene pool is a basis for future adaptation and health systems for pollinators and pest predators.