A recently published study conducted by the Farming Systems Trial (FST) at the Rodale Institute has concluded that organic farming really is better than conventional non-organic farming. In a study that has taken 30 years, it was found that not only is organic farming far superior to conventional farming in terms of maintaining and replenishing the health of soil, it is also far more sustainable when it comes to economic viability, energy use and human health.
False impressions of organic farming as being a far more expensive process of yielding fewer goods than conventional farming are rife, and are perpetuated by organic sceptics worldwide, however, Rodale’s study explains that organic yields match those achieved through conventional means, and organic farming far outperforms conventional farming in years of drought, meaning that the potential economic benefits of organic farming could be massive, especially given the increasingly uncertain and extreme weather patterns.
Organic farming uses 45% less energy than non-organic farming methods and produces 40% less greenhouse gases than conventional farming techniques. What's not to like?! Just imagine how much carbon we could cut if the whole of the UK converted to organic farming (at the moment organic agriculture represents just 4% of the UK’s farmed area).
Organic farming, whether using manure or leguminous cover crops to defend against pests and promote healthy plant growth, has also been found to be the best farming technique in terms of providing the healthiest and most nourishing crops. Organically grown plants feature far higher levels and greater varieties of vitamins, minerals, nutrients when compared to the crops produced via the use of pesticides and herbicides.
Since our launch in 2003, Essential Care has chosen to use organic ingredients where they’re available; our products are typically over 95% organic. Essential Care's passion for using organic goes back to the 1980s when Margaret Weeds began to formulate products from scratch using pure plant oils and biodynamic herbs grown in her own garden. She saw that vitamin-rich plant oils - like olive, sunflower and avocado - and herbs created much more effective skincare than the ‘dead lifeless petroleum' in the conventional products that were engulfing the skincare market. Given the fact that up to 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed, it makes sense that it’s organic, right?
Organic farming represents around 4% of the farmed area and is based upon the concept of sustainability utilising the farm's own resources http://www.ukagriculture.com/uk_farming.cfm