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New Trends in Organic Farming

The growing popularity of Homeopathy in Europe has been well documented with statistics and recent newspaper articles that have raked unnecessary controversies only adds to its relevance. Not just the British royals but commoners from countries such as Italy, France, Greece, Spain not to forget Germany, the cradle of Homeopathy are flocking to this form of alternative medicine in droves.

Now the European commission has put its stamp of approval on Homeopathy by issuing guidelines for organic farmers in Britain to treat their livestock with Homeopathic remedies. Its directive specifically states that it is a general necessity for production of all organic livestock that homeopathic and herbal products shall be used over normal usage of chemically formulated allopathic veterinary treatment that commonly manifest as antibiotics in the market

Field Tests: Getting a shot in its arm is the endorsement and support from ‘The Soil Association’ which is a UK based leading body certifying organic produce. The official press release from the association states that while the use of homeopathic treatments was not mandatory to acquire organic certification, it could be ‘effective’. This official press release from the soil association is backed by their extensive researched data they have collected from livestock farmers and vets those points towards significant health care improvement by adopting herbal and homeopathic treatments.

UN endorsement: Organic farming got the stamp of approval from the united Nations in 2013 which it declared as sustainable and scalable to meet the rising global food demands. Scores of research studies have backed organic farming with field confirmed reports of increasing yields, and better stress performance than chemically treated plant and favorable impact on local bio-diversity.

Startling facts about Organic farming

• Organic farming yielded 33% more in drought years as compared to chemically treated farming

• Almost 80% of Organic farming produce is coming from developing countries. This is because developed nations are still stuck with large scale industrial mechanized farming. The incentive to make this switch is low, therefore there is a lack of initiative here.

• Studies in Argentina show that organic farming is increasing the quality and intensity of its surrounding biodiversity. Birds, Bees & butterflies, bugs, farmland species like vesper mouse are thriving because of wild plant growth under Organic farming

Climate change & Organic farming: It is now being realized that industrial farming with its large scale mechanized production and reliance on gene specific technology and chemicals is helping little to stop climate change. There is a need to move from the usual business-as-usual farming to farming-like-the-earth-matters. This is where it is believed that regenerative organic farming will remove the imbalance of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere by a process called decarbonization. Organic farming will help restore local ecology, build bio-diversity, has a better effect on soil conservation and help small and marginal farmers cultivate in a profitable way.