Will Organic Farming Replace Conventional?

Tanja Folnovic

Agronomy Expert

Consumer concern over the way food is produced, the effect of farming methods on the environment and animal welfare, and the healthiness of food, is increasing every day. This is reflected in a growing demand for organic food.

Organic foods are produced without synthetic inputs. This means production without synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides, or fungicides on land that has been free of synthetic chemicals for at least three years. Every day more and more farmers are converting to organic farming, which slowly leads to converting of one whole village or even whole country into organic farming.


Organic agricultural land and other organic areas, 2012 Source: (FIBL & IFOAM (2014): The world of organic agriculture 2014. Frick and Bonn

Not only has the total area under organic farming and the number of organic producers increased, but there is potential for further growth, as shown by the proportion of the area already fully converted to organic farming and the area still under conversion.


World organic agricultural land (including in-conversion areas) and regional shares of the global organic agricultural land, 2012 Source: (FIBL & IFOAM (2014): The world of organic agriculture 2014. Frick and Bonn


Countries with the most organic farmers and consumers

One good example of growing organic food is Bhutan, with just 700,000 people, most of whom are farmers. It has become the first country in the world that has converted 100% to organic farming. Following its example, Sikkim in India has also become India's first fully organic state by converting around 75,000 hectares of agricultural land into sustainable cultivation. Around 75,000 hectares of agricultural land was gradually converted to certified organic land by implementing organic practices and principles. This process took 12 years until its government decided to make Sikkim an organic farming state through a declaration in the legislative assembly. Later the entry of chemical inputs for farmland was restricted and their sale banned. Farmers, therefore, had no option but to go organic.

In the long term, organic farming leads in the subsistence of agriculture, biodiversity conservation and environmental protection. Sustainable farming will also help in building the soil health, resulting in sustainable increased crop production.


Benefits of organic farming

Many people support organic farming because the mechanized tillage, synthetic fertilizers and biocides of conventional agriculture are detrimental to the environment. For farmers who do not have access to the expensive fertilizers and pesticides necessary for achieving high yields, such as those in developing countries, conventional agriculture is much more difficult and costly than organic farming.

Organic farming is strictly regulated by an inspection, certification and labeling scheme, especially in Europe. It is unlawful to call a food product ‘organic’ if it has not been inspected and certified by one of several organic control bodies.

Since organic farming requires many regulations and accurate reports, Agrivi system helps farmers fight with it. With over 20 different reports of all farm activities, from planting, protecting, maintaining to harvesting, Agrivi enables farmers to track spent amounts of organic pesticides and fertilizers per fields and crops, their finances and farm productivity and to print it out. Everything that farmer enters into the system, it's automatically filled in reports.

So, save your time and make your farming easier, use Agrivi.