Thursday, April 21, 2011

Stubble burning !

The burning of stubbles, crop straw or vegetable remains after harvest is a traditional agricultural practice in many countries. They believe that it can kill weed seeds, parasites, pests and fungi !
In my idea, setting the left over plant materials (including soil micro-organisms) into fire is lead to complete burning of the biomass into ashes and sterilization of upper 10-15cm of surface soil. I totally disagree with this practice, what is your idea? Is it the same in your region or country?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Organic Farming

The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), defines it as:
"Organic agriculture is a production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people. It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of inputs with adverse effects. Organic agriculture combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote fair relationships and a good quality of life for all involved."
Ofcourse there are more definition of Organic farming, but I think this definition is the most common one, but if you think of other definition, you can bring it in "comment".