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There has been a lot of concern about ecology and our environment in the last few years in the wake of growing pollution in all spheres of life. There has been a conscious effort to adapt to a pollution free world whether it is fuel, housing, food, and even clothing. Yes, the world is going greener. Organic clothing is an endeavor to go back to clothes that are produced with organically produced material, avoiding man made materials. Some of the materials that are used for such type of clothing are wool, hemp, cotton, and bamboo. These are considered to be eco friendly as they do not cause any harm to our environment, especially the earth, air or water.
While growing materials for making organic clothing, special emphasis is laid on not using pesticides and other harmful chemicals. Instead, help of beneficial bacteria and insects such as ladybug is taken so that the material is totally safe for the environment and for use by people.
Clothing is that part of our life which remains in contact with our bodies, especially skin for majority of time in a day. Even when we go to bed we are wearing something or the other and hence it can be said safely that we remain in contact with clothes almost 24 hours a day. To prevent any harm to the people from coming in contact with clothes that are made using toxic materials, the word organic was coined and clothes were manufactured with materials produced organically. It is a fact that the first thing that comes to mind when the word organic is used is food. But certainly there are more ways to remain in touch with nature, and organic clothing is a step in that direction.
It is a fact that more pollution is caused by clothing industry than any other industry as so many harmful chemicals and substances are used in making countless varieties of apparels. All sorts of pesticides are used in growing cotton without caring about the environment. We tend to think that these pesticides do not affect us as cotton is not a food item to be taken internally but we forget that all these pollutants are thrown in water thus causing incalculable harm to our water supply. When producing materials organically, special care is taken to avoid all sorts of toxic materials and pesticides so that the material is eco friendly, and the clothes produce from it are also absolutely safe for human population. Even when dyeing these organically produced clothes, care is taken not to use any synthetic dyes and only natural plant extracts and other herbs are used to produce colorful clothing.
Today, there is a growing demand of this type of clothing in the market as people have grown conscious of the harmful effects of synthetically produced clothes as also the harm done to the environment in producing these clothes. The number of manufacturers and marketers of organic clothing is also increasing to fulfill the demands of the people. Especially for babies, people prefer to use organic clothing as their skin is soft and delicate.
Rajkumar Jonnala is a Freelance Writer who writes about how you can use Organic clothing, natural dyes.
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Stanton, New Jersey (PRWEB) October 04, 2013
Offering the chance for consumers to support organic agriculture, Stylish Organics ran a month long contest during the month of September – Organic Harvest Month. Entrants were encouraged to think about the value of organic and write a short sentence about their favorite organic product. By also asking entrants to then share this information, it was hoped that others were made aware of the large selection of organic products that are available and the benefits to the environment. Congratulations to Amy Harman, winner of the Stylish Organics’ contest and supporter of organic. See the post on their home page at http://www.stylishorganics.com.
Having a low carbon footprint, the range of organic products offered makes it easy to lead a green lifestyle. Anything from food, clothing, and skin care; to pet treats and grooming products, they avoid use of toxic chemicals in the growing and manufacturing process. Organic growing methods offer a purer product with no residual chemicals in foods, produce or on fibers used for fabric. Sustainable farming of fibers such as hemp and bamboo, avoid depletion of natural resources and actually add nutrients back into the soil. Green manufacturing eliminates the contamination of air, surrounding soil and groundwater in product production including dyeing processes. “No longer are organic or eco-friendly products blah and boring”, commented owner of the on-line boutique, Lynn Lavanga. “With chic fashions and home decor items; lush natural skin care for the entire family; and unique jewelry and gifts; offered on our site, it is easy and time efficient to be environmentally friendly.”
About Stylish Organics
Stylish Organics is an e-commerce boutique offering a collection of products selected for earth friendly properties from environmentally responsible manufacturers. The company’s easy to shop, one-stop-shopping, venue enables those committed to green living to combine savvy styling with earth friendly thinking. Many of their products are made in the USA or are ethically sourced from organizations that globally support women. The boutique is based in Stanton, New Jersey and is available to consumers on-line with shipping provided to locations in the United States and Canada. They can be reached via their website, email – contactus(at)stylishorganics(dot)com or by calling 800.581.6417.
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Organic Farming is at a Crossroads
Organic, holistic, natural, back to the earth, and homesteading, are all disciplines of agriculture that are growing in popularity each day. People all over the world are extremely concerned about our environment especially as how it relates as to what we put into our bodies and also how it affects our earth and our lives.
Agribusiness and the multinational food producers over the years have done an excellent job of providing substantial amounts of nutritious food for a growing world population, but is this scenario of farming sustainable? Currently there is a tremendous amount of debate between organic farmers and conventional farmers who are looking for common answers to this question.
Organic farming largely excludes the exclusive use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, plant growth regulators, and livestock feed additives. Organic farmers rely on crop rotation, crop residues, animal manure and mechanical cultivation to maintain the soil and to control weeds, insects and other pests.
In many countries including the United States, China and most of Europe; organic farming is defined by law, so that the commercial use of the term “organic” is regulated by the government.
Organic farming began as a reaction against the industrialization of agriculture in the early 20th century. Research produced hybrid seeds, fields grew in size and cropping became specialized to make efficient use of machinery, irrigation, fertilization and the use of pesticides. Nitrates which were used during World War II as munitions became an abundant and cheap source of nitrogen. In 1972, the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM); was founded in Versailles, France. IFOAM is dedicated to educating the public on the principles and practices of organic agriculture across national and language boundaries.
The retail market for organic farming in developing economies has grown at about 20% annually due to increasing consumer demand. While most of the early producers were small, the popularity of organic food is rising as the volume and variety of organic products become available at an increasingly larger scale.
Enhancing and maintaining soil health is the mainstay of organic farming. Many methods are employed including crop rotation, green manure, cover cropping, application of compost and mulching, Organic farmers also use certain fertilizers such as seed meal and mineral powders such as rock phosphate and greensand which are naturally occurring forms of potash.
Organic pest control allows for an acceptable amount of pest damage, it encourages or introduces beneficial organisms, utilizes careful crop selection and crop rotation and mechanical, thermal and mulch controls for weeds. Organic pesticides; which are usually derived from plants and not chemicals, allow for the use of natural methods of protection.
A major point of contention is the use of genetically modified organisms (GMO), human growth hormones (HGH), sewage sludge and antibiotics in the production of our food supply.
Opponents claim that the impact of genetic engineering on food quality and plant and animal health is not yet fully understood, although evidence is starting to show that GM food has a seriously negative effect on test animal reproductive organs. Proponents argue that genetic engineering is vital to create higher volumes of produce in the fight to end world hunger without requiring additional land. Often forgotten in this debate, is the fact that genetic engineering is a technique, also known as selective breeding; that has been used for thousands of years, and has done much good for mankind.
The pro-organic point of view regarding the environment in is that conventional agriculture is depleting our natural resources such as soil, fossil fuels and fresh water and is seriously polluting the air, soil and water. The large quantities of agricultural chemicals, water wastage through high-volume irrigation and the heavy use of fuels for the farm machinery and long-distance transport are some of their arguments. On the other hand an organic farm using natural compost and manure on a large-scale may cause as much damage to groundwater and soil as does manufactured fertilizers.
Conventional farming allows farmers to precisely apply only the necessary fertilizers to the soil in order to minimize waste pollutants. Organic farmers on the other hand do not have that option because they depend on fertilizers such as manure which contains fixed amounts of various elements which cannot be adjusted. The most common problem is over application of these organic fertilizers because of their relative lack of potency. These over applications can very easily lead to pollution of the water supply.
The quality of organic food versus conventionally grown food is also extremely debatable and is being studied by various governments with no conclusive evidence either way. One critical exception to this are studies that show that infants, who are exposed to pesticide exposure during the first two years of their lifetime had a 50 percent of chance of developing risk cancer and had their risk levels drop dramatically when they switched to an organic diet. This explains the growing sales of organic baby food because parents know that their infants are especially vulnerable to potentially dangerous food.
Organic farming is at a crossroads. Even though there are laws that ensure that the playing field be level for producers and consumers, these laws have been found to be full of loopholes that have led to serious charges being leveled against the major certifiers in our government such as the FDA and the USDA as well as agribusiness corporations.
Can agribusiness convert to large scale organic farming and still be able to make a profit without raising the consumer cost to unacceptable levels?
The current food distribution system favors high volume production with large farming corporate operations and cannot be easily altered. What we know as organic farming may change very dramatically in the coming years. A growing consumer market is normally one of the main factors encouraging conventional farmers to convert to organic agricultural production methods. I believe this trend will continue.
While this debate goes on, home gardeners are making their own decisions regarding this debate by doing the sensible thing; growing their own foodstuffs. The Green revolution is more than a slogan. It has become a way of life for those who are choosing to join in to make this world a better place to live.
Dick Murray is a retired urbanite who has kept his passion for gardening alive with the creation of an informational web site http://www.vegetablegrowingbasics.com/
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If you are one of the 81% of farmers still farming conventionally and using chemicals and synthetic fertilizers it is completely understandable.
Because for decades that’s what has been advocated to the farmer by the industry.
There is so much “proof” – research, trial work, field trials, scientists advocating the merits of conventional farming and you are constantly given proof that you can’t farm profitably without these commercial aids.
Just pick up most farm journals and papers and you’ll find there are reports and editorials which continually reinforce the use of conventional farming products and practices as the only viable way to farm. Sometimes there are reports tossed in to discredit natural farming as being noncommercial and unrealistic. We are told time and time again that conventional industrial farming is the only way we can feed the growing world’s population. Organic farming has lower yields, is more expensive and there is no extra nutritional benefit in the food produced.
Learning a Secrets on Farming can help you on understanding the disbelief that you may have that you can farm without chemicals and synthetic fertilizers and natural biological farming is not viable.
It’s not your fault. It is very hard to give up the trust you have had or still have got in the conventional system and no doubt you have much support in following the system.
However there is a better way for healthier and more profitable farming.
– Trust your eyes. See for yourself.
– Trust what other farmers who have made a change have done.
– Trial some aspects yourself.
– Listen to the new breed of professionals who have witnessed the fantastic turn around farmers have achieved and are achieving. There is a better way to farm and you can see the proof for yourself every month as we take you on our – “Walk the Talk” video of these farmers. Hear from experts like:
Dr Elaine Ingham
Dr Maarten Stapper
Dr Arden Andersen
These are no pseudo agricultural theorists. They are all scientific experts who have looked at the conventional system and have been provoked to look further. They understand the importance of allowing and assisting Mother Nature to provide a healthy balance and now work with real, small to large scale farmers to get outstanding, profitable results naturally.
Tell me what you would sooner do? Spend hours upon hours, dollars after dollars, year after year spraying, drenching and using deadly toxic products that keep going up in price? It’s awfully costly and time consuming and worst of all damaging to you, your precious soil and to animal health.
Or do you choose to take time to understand once and for all how to reduce, or better still, never have to use so called essential chemicals and synthetic fertilizers again?
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The word organic has a number of connotations attached to it. The definition cannot be narrowed to a particular area of study; in fact, the word “organic” spreads over a larger range of areas where it can be applied. The basic definition, however, remains the same because the derivation of the meaning of the word is unanimously universal. Organic is derived from or relates to, living organisms. In the simplest sense of the word, organic is simply organic matter obtained from the use of living organisms.
Anything that involves the use of fertilizers or pesticides which are strictly and solely obtained from animal or vegetable origin are organic in nature.
Raised or carried out without the use of drugs, hormones or synthetics chemicals deems products to be organic in nature, example being organic Cattle rearing. Lifestyle of people can also be organic if it is close to nature or simple and healthy. Organic farming is described as an ecologically balanced approach to farming which does not rely on artificial means to yield products. It is basically not treated with any kind of chemicals or at the most, the minimum amounts of chemicals are used. Foods which are organic are usually believed to be free of artificial additives and processed with the least use of artificial methods.
Surveys and studies have revealed the environmental effects of organic farming and the consensus across these surveys is that organic farming is less detrimental for the following reasons:
1 – Organic farms do not consume or release synthetic pesticides into the environment, which may prove harmful for soil and aquatic life.
2 – They are capable of maintaining a diverse eco system and a balanced one.
3 – Uses less energy and produce less waste.
4 – Adds fertility to soil
5 – Provides boosts the natural resistance of plants and animals against diseases by encouraging the number of natural organisms to flourish.
Apart from benefiting the environment, it is also accredited to organic farming that it increases the yield. However, there are certain critics who refute it by claiming that organic farming can feed a meager number of people compared to the world population and that too after destruction of eco systems and an excess waste of resources. A rebuttal to this statement shows that materials needed for organic farming are easily accessible than those used in conventional farming, and thus organic methods could produce enough food to sustain the world population. The fact of the matter is, that organic farming may benefit the yield in some countries while it may not do the same in others, depending on how developed a country is and obviously because of the availability of materials needed in organic farming. Studies also reveal that organic farming is more energy efficient.
Moreover, organic products are known to have more nutrients as compared to conventionally grown products. Since the soil quality improves as a result of organic farming better taste is also attributed to organic products for this reason.
As given above, organic products are more improved and provide many benefits to the consumers. Usually all organic products have similar characteristics. All such products are free from the use of any synthetic chemicals and are extremely original in nature. Generally organic products are more costly and higher demands of these products are directly related to higher incomes. A number of other factors determine the demand for organic products and the need for an organic lifestyle. The propensity to buy organic products has been related to people’s concern to external or direct personal effects of their usage.
Segun Olowookere recently started his own clothing company called Lowooke who speciallise in designing, producing and distributing a range of clothing aimed at the urban and youth market. The apparel that Lowooke sells is produced using organic materials that have been ethically sourced. You can view their range of Urban Clothing London at http://www.lowooke.com/shop/
John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ shares with you how you can grow your own organic cannabis indoors. In this episode, John gets his medical cannabis card to use and grow medicinal cannabis aka marijuana per prop 215 in the state of California.
In this episode you will learn where john will choose to get his “medicine” and then you will go in a behind-the-scenes tour of a North Coast Naturals, a medicinal cannabis collective (farm). You will learn many of the practices they use to grow organic cannabis successfully.
You will discover the specific soil blend they use, as well as the solid nutrients as well as liquid organic nutrients they use as well as the different organic pest controls they use to keep their cannabis “clean” of prohibited and toxic chemical pesticides and fungicides.
You will learn some of the alternatives to using avid and floramite and some of the potential dangers of using these chemicals on your crops.
You will also discover how North Coast Naturals stays legal by growing the number of plants allowable under law but still reaping maximum yields by specially training and pruning the cloned plants, using special pvc trellis structures and maximizing the canopy of each plant to maximize the numbers of buds they are producing. You will also discover how they naturally air dry their harvest to get maximum air circulation, and dry to maximize the effects of the medicine they are growing in this California legal growing establishment.
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