Sustainable Agricultural Machinery
Developments Pty. Ltd.
ABN: 77 007 256 064
Can Organic Farming Feed The World?
Traditional agriculture is in a crisis worldwide. The Green Revolution is not ecologically sound, economically viable, socially responsible nor Biblically based. It makes farmers depend on, and economic slaves to, agribusiness, agrochemical and multinational corporations. The World Trade Organisation, USAID, government departments of agriculture and most government universities are pawns of these same corporations [funding and exports]. 12 common food crops were washed, peeled and cored and found to contain: 12 carcinogens, 17 neurotoxins, 11 endocrine disruptors. To learn the real dangers of agrochemicals [especially to children] go to: www.ourstolenfuture.com www.ewg.org www.worldwildlife.org . There is a worldwide movement to: buy fresh, buy local, buy organic. All gardeners and farmers were organic until the use of chemicals in WW II [to kill people then, insects now]. No one has the moral right, and should not have the legal right, to poison our air, soil or water. "Organic gardening and farming is more than avoiding chemicals. The organic method requires a change of attitude and a different thought process." [H Garrett, DMN, www.dirtdoctor.com ].
People who have a limited amount of land and must produce as much food as possible, should use biointensive, double dug, permanent raised beds. What makes the bed rise is that double digging incorporates air into the soil and organic matter is added.
The secret to soil health and increased yields and profits is the organic matter in the soil. It can be increased by inter-cropping a food crop with a green manure crop; using some beds for green manure crops and others for food; planting cover crops during the winter; bringing organic matter from the outside: sawdust, food waste, manure, leaves, grass, etc.
No-Till Raised Beds
In Honduras, farmers are farming up to ten acres, organically, using no-till, with hand tools only. Much of the corn in IA is grown no-till. One third of the farmers in Argentina no longer plow. The results come quickly: reduced cost, richer soils, higher yields, reduced inputs and increased income.
Farmers in Brazil, who are the most experienced no-till farmers in the world, are farming thousands of acres, practicing the following five principles.
A proven method of no-till farming is known as Natural Farming as perfected by M. Fukuoka in Japan. Others are using it in many countries. Yields are equal to or greater than conventional farming. Inputs are extremely low to almost zero. Seed balls are used for planting.
"Make your way carefully through these fields. Dragonflies and moths fly up. Honeybees buzz. Part the leaves and you will see insects, spiders, frogs, lizards and many other small animals bustling about in the cool shade. Moles and earthworms burrow beneath the surface. This is a balanced rice field ecosystem. Insect and plant communities maintain a stable relationship here. It is not uncommon for a plant disease to sweep through this area of Japan, leaving the crops in my fields unaffected.
Now look over at the neighbour's field. The weeds have all been wiped out by herbicides and cultivation. The soil animals and insects have been exterminated by poison. The soil has been burned clean of organic matter and micro organisms by chemical fertilisers. These rice fields, which have been farmed continuously for 1500 years, have now been laid waste by the exploitive farming practices of a single generation. One Straw Revolution, M Fukuoka
Mark off the beds and follow the principles as above. Experiment with various crops and practices for your conditions.
Raised Bed Agriculture, Gardens/Minifarms Network, firstname.lastname@example.org
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