Organic Agriculture and Climate Change
As global temperatures rise and weather patterns become more erratic, the intersection between climate change and agriculture is crucial to understanding the role agriculture plays in contributing to and mitigating global warming. Carbon sequestration, lower-input of fossil fuel dependant resources, and use of renewable energy all present opportunities for organic agriculture to lead the way in reducing energy consumption and mitigating the negative affects of energy emissions. Organic agriculture provides management practices that can help farmers adapt to climate change through strengthening agro-ecosystems, diversifying crop and livestock production, and building farmers’ knowledge base to best prevent and confront changes in climate.
Organic farming is a method of crop and livestock production that involves much more than choosing not to use pesticides, fertilizers, genetically modified organisms, antibiotics and growth hormones.
Organic production is a holistic system designed to optimize the productivity and fitness of diverse communities within the agro-ecosystem, including soil organisms, plants, livestock and people. The principal goal of organic production is to develop enterprises that are sustainable and harmonious with the environment.
The general principles of organic production, from the Canadian Organic Standards (2006), include the following:
- protect the environment, minimize soil degradation and erosion, decrease pollution, optimize biological productivity and promote a sound state of health
- maintain long-term soil fertility by optimizing conditions for biological activity within the soil
- maintain biological diversity within the system
- recycle materials and resources to the greatest extent possible within the enterprise
- provide attentive care that promotes the health and meets the behavioural needs of livestock
- prepare organic products, emphasizing careful processing, and handling methods in order to maintain the organic integrity and vital qualities of the products at all stages of production
- rely on renewable resources in locally organized agricultural systems
Organic farming promotes the use of crop rotations and cover crops, and encourages balanced host/predator relationships. Organic residues and nutrients produced on the farm are recycled back to the soil. Cover crops and composted manure are used to maintain soil organic matter and fertility. Preventative insect and disease control methods are practiced, including crop rotation, improved genetics and resistant varieties. Integrated pest and weed management, and soil conservation systems are valuable tools on an organic farm. Organically approved pesticides include “natural” or other pest management products included in the Permitted Substances List (PSL) of the organic standards. The Permitted Substances List identifies substances permitted for use as a pesticides in organic agriculture. All grains, forages and protein supplements fed to livestock must be organically grown.
Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria (NOAN) is a network of farmers who chose to provide healthy food security for their households and their environment. We are the only organisation adopted as the umbrella body for organic agriculture organisations in Nigeria. We advocate sustainable agriculture and transfer knowledge on farming culture in such a way that human, animals, soils and plants lives are not endangered. For more information on this great network or joining us, kindly call 07057457676 or visit www.noanigeria.net. Thank you.
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Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria (NOAN) is network of farmers who chose to provide healthy food security for their households and their environment. We are the only organisation adopted as the umbrella body for organic agriculture organisations in Nigeria. We advocate sustainable agriculture and transfer knowledge on farming culture in such a way that human, animals, soils and plants lives are not endangered. For more information on this great network or join us, kindly call 07057457676 or use the link below. Thank you.
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The 5th annual national organic Agriculture Business Summit is here! , this is yet another opportunity for members of the Association and general public to nominate your organic personality/ institution of the year at this year's National Organic Agriculture Business Summit scheduled to hold at Uyo, Akwa Ibom State on November 3 to 5, 2020. The event will have both physical and virtual participants in attendance. Please check the fliers for detailed information.
-Please note that intending participants will have the opportunity to network at the event
- Both participants (virtual and physical) will be issued certificate of attendance(e-copy) at the end of the event.
-Exhibitors will have their 3 min. video advert displayed throughout the event and 10 months advert on the conference website.
- Access to real-time presentations at the event by virtual participants.
NB: Only registered participants are eligible to nominate and be nominated for the categories listed, for registration please visit www.noabs.noanigeria.net
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