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Organic Farming


A production system which avoids or largely excludes the use of synthetically compounded fertilizers, pesticides, growth regulators, and livestock feed additives. To the maximum extent feasible, organic farming systems rely upon crop rotations, crop residues, animal manures, legumes, green manures, off-farm organic wastes, mechanical cultivation, mineral-bearing rocks, and aspects of biological pest control to maintain soil productivity and tilth, to supply plant nutrients, and to control insects, weeds and other pests. Related Terms: Certified Organic

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Organic farming are gaining popularity not only in the US but also in other parts of the world who have suffered from big corporation giants that have used GMOs and synthetic farming products which have decreased the quality of the local freshwater and the soil.
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