Vegan-Organic Information Sheet #4 (60p)
Vegan-Organic Growing -The Basics
Growing with concern for people, ani-mals and the environment
Organic growing involves treating thesoil, the growing environment and the world environment as a resource to bepreserved for future generations, ratherthan exploited in the short term. Vegan-organics means doing this without any animal products at all, which is not dif-ficult when you know how.
All soil fertil-ity ultimately depends on plants and min-erals - these do not have to be passed throughan animal in order to work.
Fertility canbe maintained by plant-based composts,green manures, mulches, chipped branch wood, crop rotations and any othermethod that is sustainable, ecologically benign and not dependent upon animalexploitation.The guidelines below do not attemptto be fully comprehensive.
The extent towhich you adhere to any system really de- pends on you, your conscience and circum-stances.
We can only do our best with ouravailable time and money. The Vegan-Organic Network has now publishedcomprehensive Stockfree Organic Stan-dards, which are available to commer-cial growers and can also be used as areference for home growers. Of course,no one person or organisation knows ev-erything about the subject, so constantco-operation and updating of ideas andinformation is needed. Whilst conventional cultivation relieson synthetic chemicals and animal prod-ucts, traditional organic production alsogenerally relies on animal wastes and by-products. Both involve the exploitationof living creatures, and the inefficient useof land, water and energy resources. Ve-gan-organic methods minimise thesedrawbacks. Many people who are notthemselves vegan or vegetarian are com-ing to appreciate that animal-free grow-ing is the most sustainable system: it isthe future of organics.
Vegan-organic information sheets
areproduced on various topics by the Ve-gan-Organic Network, and are aimedmainly at those with allotments, kitchengardens, or other small growing areas,although many of the techniques will alsoapply to larger-scale situations. We wel-come feedback on this information sheetand any other related topics.In adopting these methods you willcertainly not be alone! Various groupsexist to help out and many are listed be-low. Whether or not you grow some of your own food, it is still possible to sup-port the Vegan-Organic Network andother organisations that promote animal-free growing, and thereby lend a hand inthe movement towards a cruelty-free and