Although organic farming in its present form didn't start until sometime in the last century, it has been around for as long as there was farming going around, which means that it has more or less been around since the beginnings of man’s evolution. It is only of very late that what we term as “conventional” methods of farming have dominated the scene.
It therefore seems strange that something which hasn't been around long enough to even be termed the blink of an eye in evolutionary terms, can be called conventional, while the more established farming methods are thought of as new-found and controversial by many people.
The truth as ever, is stranger than fiction and this is what we’re left with to quibble about in this section.
Since we have already gone through what the conventional farming methods entail, it is now the time to define what can be meant by organic farming.
To be very simple, I believe that the most concise method of saying this, is to say that organic farming is the exact antithesis of conventional farming.
As mentioned earlier in the book, organic farming shuns the usage of such things as chemical and synthetic fertilizers and pesticides; it stays away from genetically modified plant stocks; and most of all, it promotes the usage of a natural system of farming that is non-harmful to the environment.
Many proponents of the conventional farming system scoff at organic farming for the simple reason that it goes against everything that we have been raised and educated to believe.
Not only that, one of the main arguments against organic farming is that the production of foods is not enough to meet the growing worldwide demand for foods.