On the Principle of Care: Why Grow Organic?
We all know the endearing benefits of growing organic foods. Not only does it sustain the natural environmental cycles, it ensures a more nutritious and a safe produce for consumption. Through the years, the shift in producing organic foods are being encouraged through various promotional activities by concerned agencies and programs such as the Department of Agrirculture’s National Organic Agriculture Program (NOAP) and others. The advocacy of promoting the well being not only of humans but as well as the enviroment is reaching a commendable height through an increasing number of organic practitioners and arable lands being converted to organic use. But what makes the practices of Organic Agriculture exceptional is the way it ensures a sustainable use of resources that makes it available for the next generation.
The International Organic Agriculture Movement (IFOAM)’s definition of the Principle of Care states that Organic Agriculture should be managed in a precautionary and responsible manner to protect the health and well-being of current and future generations and the environment. As an organic farming set up is perceived as a living and dynamic system that responds to internal and external conditions, practioners are expected to align their activities on what can be naturally found in the environment, the more a certain practice mimics a naturally occuring cycle (nutrient cycle, nitrogen cycle etc.) the better. One of the objectives of Organic Agriculture is to achieve an enhanced and efficient productivity without risk or any perilous impact to the environment and well being. With just the right technologies and methods proved to yield ideal results and knowing full well that ecosystems and agriculture should work hand in hand, care must be of great consideration.
IFOAM further stated that precaution and responsibility are the key concerns in management development and technology choices in Organic Agriculture and thus largely impacts the food production industry that safeguard a healthy, safe and ecologically sound practices. Moreover, it should also prevent significant risks through an adoption of appropriate technologies while rejecting unpredictable ones such as genetic engineering which may pose an even greater environmental threat. As continuous efforts are being made to strengthen the implementation of Organic Agriculture in the country, along with constant participation, the drive for a real progress is just as attainable as the fruit of a seed sown in just the right time and care.
Concerns for environment and nature, livestock welfare, and food quality are thus essential elements of the philosophy behind organic farming.