"I envision Organic Agriculture to be like a seed, starting small, growing into something large and fruitful, creating small seeds to be spread, renewing the life cycle. Organic agriculture, as with many things, begins with one person. As I expand my knowledge about organic agriculture, I realize how much the earth's system is affected by the fact that I purchase and eat organic foods. It starts simply: I recognize that when farmers do not spray their plants with pesticides, the soil is free from chemicals. If the soil is not contaminated, then the river by the farm is also not contaminated. The creatures in the river are then safe and the creatures that eat those creatures are safe. As I comprehend the large impact I am having on the world, I want to spread the word, so that the system, from plant to soil, from river to fish, will be returned to what is natural. Organic agriculture is good for me, my children and the earth."

Madeline Olsen, Minneapolis
OTA Essay: Why Organic Agriculture is important?

Organic agriculture is a holistic production management system which promotes and enhances agro-ecosystem health, including biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. It emphasizes the use of management practices in preference to the use of off-farm inputs. This is accomplished by using agronomic, biological, and mechanical methods, as opposed to using synthetic materials, to fulfill any specific function within the system. Organic food presents consumers with a perceived set of attributes that align themselves with environmentally acceptable production techniques that minimize the risk of contamination from pesticides, and also delivers food that is wholesome and nutritious. Organic food is produced by people that care for the health of their customers and their environment.

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