Organic Agriculture

Definition of Organic Agriculture:


"Organic agriculture is a holistic production management system that promotes and enhances agro-ecosystem health, to encourage biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. It focuses on the use of good management practices Farm in place the use of external inputs, given that the production systems must be adapted to regional conditions. This is achieved, wherever possible, through the use of cultural, biological and mechanical methods compared to the use of synthetic materials. "


Ecological:
Based on the operation of the agro-ecosystem and uses practices - such as crop rotation, green manure, consociations, biological pest control and disease - that foster their balance and biodiversity;


Holistic:
Is based on the dynamic interaction between soil, plants, animals and humans, regarded as an inseparable chain, each link of which affect others;


Sustainable:
Aims to maintain and improve the fertility of the soil in the long term, preserving natural resources soil, water and air and minimize all forms of pollution that may result from agricultural practices;
Visa recycling of plant and animal residues in order to return nutrients to the soil, thereby minimizing the use of non-renewable resources;
Visa depend on renewable resources in agricultural systems organized locally. So excludes almost all-synthetic products such as fertilizers, pesticides, growth regulators and feed additives.


Socially Responsible:
Organic farming unites farmers and consumers in the responsibility to:
* Producing food and fiber in an environmentally, socially and economically sound and sustainable;
* Preserving biodiversity and natural ecosystems;
* Allow farmers a better appreciation of their products and dignity of their profession and the right to remain in their communities;
* Ensure that consumers are able to choose to consume organic food production without waste of synthetic pesticides and therefore better for human health and the environment.

 

Cristiano Lima  (Eng.)
Rural Lima, Lda