Farming methods that do not involve using any kind of chemical pesticides, fertilizers, genetically modified seeds (GMOs), preservatives and additives, and are certified as such under the National Program for Organic Production (NPOP) or the Participatory Guarantee System for India (PGS-India).
Organic food grown using organic farming practices is 100% natural and free of any kind of toxic chemical residues.
Organic farming methods are a well-documented and well-proven alternative to industrial or chemical agriculture. When farmers grow crops organically, they use technologies based on ecological knowledge to increase yields, control pests naturally and build soil fertility. The underlying principle is to work with an intimate understanding of natures ways and consider the soil as a living entity.
Organic farming is sustainable because it respects, preserves and sustains the great ecological cycles of nature, while integrating their biological processes into the processes of food production. For organic farmers, everything right from soil bacteria, deep-rooted weeds to pests, earthworms and animals are essential to the complex ecosystem. All these elements are interdependent and combine to provide the nourishment that sustains life on earth.
Organic farming is evolving from being just a grass-roots movement to slowly becoming a commercial opportunity in India. Organic farming methods have the potential to increase production and offer a wide range of ecological benefits and also empower farmers. Especially in India, organic farming is allowing small and marginal farmers to reduce their dependence on chemical inputs, which means reducing production costs thereby making their livelihoods sustainable and secure.
Organic practices do not harm the environment, go a long way in increasing soil fertility and help maintain a natural balance in the ecosystem.