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Basic Standard for Organic Agriculture and Processing

Basic Standard for Organic Agriculture and Processing

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Over the last decades agriculture has changed
Over the last decades agriculture has changed
character with the development of new knowledge,
character with the development of new knowledge,
machinery and chemical industry.
machinery and chemical industry.
The Need for Organic Agriculture:
The Need for Or
ganic Agriculture:
This agriculture enabled the world to produce
This agriculture enabled the world to produce
food that kept in pace with population growth, but
food that kept in pace with population growth, but
this was not achieved without side effects on the
this was not achieved without side effects on the
health of people. Since 1970\u2019s, Philippine
health of people. Since 1970\u2019s, Philippine
agriculture began its extensive dependence on
agriculture began its extensive dependence on
modern or high yielding crops, livestock, and
modern or high yielding crops, livestock, and
poultry as well as on modern agrochemicals.
poultry as well as on modern agrochemicals.
Meanwhile, traditional agriculture based on
Meanwhile, traditional agriculture based on
indigenous knowledge has been looked down as
indigenous knowledge has been looked down as
backward mere subsistence farming. The new
backward mere subsistence farming. The new
agriculture which has come to be known as
agriculture which has come to be known as
conventional agriculture was seen as scientific
conventional agriculture was seen as scientific
and progressive and hence, do not recognize the
and progressive and hence, do not recognize the
ecological wisdom of the people\u2019s culture in
ecological wisdom of the people\u2019s culture in
farming. Fortunately however, there are also
farming. Fortunately however, there are also
forward-looking
farmers
who
developed
forward-looking
farmers
who
developed
agricultural methods and processes that were
agricultural methods and processes that were
considered sound and sustainable. Such farming
considered sound and sustainable. Such farming
systems are based on the dynamic interaction
systems are based on the dynamic interaction
between soil, plant and environment. This relies
between soil, plant and environment. This relies
largely on locally available resources.
largely on locally available resources.

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