Tuesday, March 19, 2013

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Our group is here to inform you about soil and how important it is for our survival! Soil is not to be taken lightly, and we have so much to tell you about it and the key features that makes Organic farming so different from conventional farming of crops.

Only 10% of the World's land area is suitable for growing crops. One hectare of land is lost every 7.67 seconds. With us losing land so quickly, other ways of managing land must be looked at. With the World population increasing by five people each second, the demand for suitable land to grow food on in this tight economy is becoming even higher. While conventional farming is a more "realistic" way of keeping up with our demand, we are destroying a lot of things at the same time.

The use of machines compacts soil which limits the amount of water that can get into the soil and be used to transfer nutrients between plants and soil. When an environment is not diverse, it also makes it inhabitable for important organisms like Earthworms, etc that are also essential for optimal soil health. Without organisms being used in varying processes that keep soil healthy, the soil isn't being used properly to get what we want out of it.

Organic farming uses an array of different methods that keeps everything balanced between soil and the atmosphere. Things like rotating crops in different sections of soil helps keep disease at bay by bringing in different kinds of plants that have their own way of fighting off disease; this important method keeps soil healthy and allows us to use the soil longer for crop production.

Another thing that makes Organic farming different from conventional farming is how labor-intensive it can be; you need lots of hands to keep an Organic farm going! While this may seem like a disadvantage, it's also a good and effective way of transferring information between individuals; very few people have knowledge in soils which is very unfortunate. The more we know about how to help our soils, the more we are able to get out of them and also consider our use that can be used to help further generations survive!

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