Organic farming benefits, highlighted
Have you ever wondered how people, back in the days, live up to 100 years? Organic agriculture is probably the answer.
Ryan Antonio and his family have been enjoying the benefits of organic agriculture over the past two years.
As the country once again observes Nutrition Month, Antonio, a 36-year-old farmer, finds ways for his children to take over the discipline that can help improve the Philippines’ soil fertility, while guaranteeing welfare and health of farmers and consumers and most notably, diminishing environmental degradation.
“Aside from providing us with our daily vegetable requirements, it also keeps our children healthy,” Antonio told Manila Bulletin during an interview in Palayan City in Nueva Ecija, where his family attends as stewards to an 8-hectare farm.
“They rarely get sick nowadays, unlike before when they were prone to fever and cough, when we were not yet into organic farming,” said his wife, Lenlen.
Republic Act No. 10068, the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010, states that OA consists of all agricultural systems that endorse the socially acceptable, ecologically sound, economically viable and technically achievable production of food and fibers.
For Bernardo Valdez, DA-Nueva Ecija Assistant Provincial Agriculturist, OA preserves the people, atmosphere, animals, and the land healthy at all times.
“The soil used in farming must always be kept in good shape in order to produce safe-to-eat food,” Valdez said in the report.
“As we can see, people nowadays become sicklier due to their indirect exposure to chemicals and foods that were inorganically produced,” he added.