Farming can be a lucrative and rewarding activity, provided that you start it the right way. If you consider starting a farm, you have to inform yourself on the main steps to be taken. This article is a brief guide to setting up and running a small farm. You may need some additional resources to get started, but at least you can gain a better understanding of the operating principles of a farm. How to Set up and Run a Small Farm The first thing to do is to decide whether you want to start a new enterprise or you’d rather buy an existing one. If you want to start from scratch, you need to gather information on how to plan your new farm, how to find funding and how to choose the best land to start your farm on. All these details are very important, as […]
While a lot of people tout the benefits of eating organic, there are few people who know why organic food is so good for you. They know that organic is the healthiest choice, but they don’t know why. Benefits of Organic Diet If you’re not convinced that eating organic food is the best choice for you, keep on reading. You’ll see that an organic diet has all kinds of advantages. You Can Avoid Additives A lot of foods on the market contain tons of additives. These additives have been linked to a number of serious health problems, including heart disease, migraines, and osteoporosis. Thankfully, when you choose to buy organics, additives aren’t going to be a problem. Any product that’s sold as organic is 100% additive free. Pesticides Won’t Be A Problem Every year, the chemical pesticides used on farms become more harsh. Even if you […]
Pesticides have a two-fold impact. They are targeting one population of insects, for instance, but end up having an impact on an unintended recipient of their killing effect. This poses a particularly alarming impact on the bee population. But, Bees Are Everywhere! It might seem like you still see bees all over the place during the warm season, but their numbers are declining at an alarming rate. The reason it is important to preserve bees is that they are integral to the pollination of plants, which means that they are integral to the whole ecosystem of the whole planet. If they die off or drop drastically in number, then it would stand to reason that the overall system of plants on the planet would have a tough time surviving as well. How Bees Are Killed Bees can be killed in a few manners. One way […]
It seems as though as a society we spray pesticides indiscriminately on plants that we think we don’t want, and unfortunately the pesticides don’t always end up where we intend them to. In essence, pesticides are meant to kill insects and other pests, but far too often the pesticide spray ends up going “out of bounds” so to speak, and they cause very harmful effects on other organisms besides those of which they are intended for. Younger organisms of every species, including human children are very susceptible to the effects of these pesticides, and the brutal aftereffects are not always apparent until much later in life.. Most pesticides affect the nervous system and such symptoms as memory loss, reduced ability to see, uncontrolled and altered mood swings, coordination loss, and reduced motor skills are the result. Other more serious conditions such as cancer, asthma, allergies, […]
Soil erosion is one of the most important threats facing our planet today. Fertile soil is the delicate membrane upon which agriculture and the growth of all plant life on the face of the planet depend. This covering is today under threat due to the activities of man, as well as changing weather conditions. Heavy agricultural land use, as well as weather conditions can strip away this delicate layer of productive soil. Once it is gone it can take hundreds of years to build up again due to the fact that organic material is required to return the soil to a condition where it can support plant life. According the the World Wildlife Fund the last 150 years has seen approximately 50% of the world’s topsoil disappear. One of the reasons that soil erosion is becoming an increasing problem is that agricultural crops are increasingly replacing naturally […]
Organic farming has been around since the beginning of time and is considerably the best way to farm to this date. This farming method involves growing crops and livestock without using any chemical pesticides, antibiotics, genetically modified organisms or growth hormones to increase harvest. This is the reason why organically produced foods are of the best quality, highly nutritious and tastier than conventional food products. Should the soil’s nutrient content drop, farmers use organic fertilizer such as manure to restore its richness. This again helps sustain a productive and healthy environment to grow crops and rare animals without necessarily using any synthetic fertilizer or pesticides. Discussed below are a few organic farming methods that help maintain soil fertility and maintain/enhance ecological harmony without affecting the ecosystem. 1. Crop Rotation Crop rotation is an agricultural technique that involves alternating crops growing in each plot/field to help maintain soil fertility. […]
Another important aspect of the future of agriculture include the replacing of fertiliser. Fertilisers will be improved to provide more nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus. These elements are essential for plants to build amino acids and cell walls. Scientists are now experimenting with naturally occurring microbes in order to produce effective fertilisers for future plants and crops. The latest experiments showed that field-grown tomato plants fed with microbes would produce 90% more fruits than normal conditions. This is the importance of the latest fertiliser of the crops.
The world has a real challenge to feed nine billion people by 2050. The land area is getting less and less. This is the real problem after all. But the scientist are working hard to create the second green revolution. But to feed nine billion people by 2050 is everyone’s problem. Maximising Land Area Intensive farming is an agricultural system that aims to get the maximum yield from the available land area. Growth with Precision The second important feature of farming solutions for the future include growth with precision. High Yield Crops There are more than 50% of the world’s population who depend on rice as a staple crop.
Farming on an industrial basis has always been an intriguing concept, but it really got off to grand proportions in the early 2000s. Another name for such enterprises is concentrated feeding animal operations. This is as noted by the proliferation of feed lots for hogs and cattle that grew like mushrooms in the Midwest. It was found that it was cheaper to be able to grow and feed large numbers of livestock in a limited geographical area. Controlling their feed and adding hormones, antibiotics, as well as other nutrients to add weight and offset disease is as well much cheaper. Another area of fast growth due to industrialized farming methods is found with poultry, especially chickens and turkeys. Millions of birds are grown under controlled conditions to supply the wants and needs of the buying public. This is both domestically in the United States and shipped abroad […]
Cheaper Food One of the benefits of doing industrial farming is that you are able to sell your harvested products at a lot cheaper price. This is great opportunity for the consumers and buyers. It is because this means that less goes out of their pocket and they get to spend more on other things. It is a lot cheaper too because it is like a factory set up. So, you do not have to make sure that they grow naturally or anything. They are not organic, which makes the entire process so much easier for everyone. A Lot More Variety As you can see, the crops are a lot cheaper when it comes from industrial farming. This means that the farmers that are growing these products can budget for different types of crops they want to grow and sell. This helps the local people to have more […]