National Organic Week

7th - 13th September

I believe organic farming is far better for the environment than conventional farming but even better again is the less commonly known biodynamic farming.

Let's point out the key differences so that you can decide for yourself:

Conventional:

-Synthetic/Toxic Pesticides

-GMO (Genetically Modified Organism)

-Synthetic fertilisers

-Conventional farming typically deteriorates the soil killing off the microbes therefore making the soil reliant on synthetic fertalisers.

-A heavy reliance on toxic pesticides can seriously harm pollinators  and ward of beneficial insects.

Organic:

-Limited use of pesticides (organic)

-Non GMO

-Natural fertilisers

-While organic farming keeps a healthier soil it still doesn't offer the same soil health benefits of biodynamic farming.

-Organic farming brings the beneficial insects to ward of the bad bugs enabling the farmer to use less pesticides but not eliminate them all together.

Biodynamic:

-No use of pesticides

-Non GMO

-Natural fertilisers 

-Uses different principles that add vitality to the plant, soil and/or livestock.

-Biodynamic agriculture uses a holistic approach involving composted and potentised herbal preparations. These preparations are used to enhance compost and/or applied directly to the fields.

-Biodynamic farming brings the beneficial insects and eliminates the need for toxic harmful pesticides.

While biodynamic produce may be currently quite difficult to find, organic produce is still a far better option than conventionally farmed produce. We understand that buying organic or biodynamic produce can be substantially more expensive therefore a simple solution is to grow your own organic produce! If you plant all the right plants around your garden to attract all the beneficial insects, you shouldn't even need to consider using harmful toxic pesticides in your garden. You may likely also produce enough food waste to get a home compost going, this means free organic fertiliser!

One more thing to consider... Sometimes we need to choose the lesser of two evils, so if you are in the grocery store faced with choosing between 'imported' organic produce or 'conventional' local produce, local is always better. You might be surprised about this but if you think about it, fresh imported produce usually requires to be sent by airplane as it would likely spoil in the time it would take to transport by ship, therefore giving your fresh 'organic' produce quite a large carbon footprint.

Written by Joel Courtidis

NOW

National Organic Week Australia (NOW) is a week of targeted media and locally-held activities designed to increase awareness of the benefits of organic products and farming production systems and accelerate the uptake of these in the wider Australian community and environment.

“As consumers, you want food you can recognise and trust. Buying organic products supports food safety, health, good nutrition and the environment. Products that carry the logo of an accredited organic certification body are guaranteed to be genuine organic.” Costa Georgiadis, Ambassador of National Organic Week.

Celebrate everything organic during National Organic Week! See below ways to get involved!

 

Source: https://www.organicweek.net.au/core/

Other useful links: https://biodynamics.net.au/