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Benefits of the Natural-Organic Program

Learn why the natural-organic program works better than chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

| December 2017

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    Organics is the use of techniques and products that not only sustain, but also improve soil health, plant health, and the environment in general.
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    "The Organic Manual" by Howard Garrett explains what the organic method is and how to do it, offering practical alternatives to pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.
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  • Organic Manual
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The Organic Manual: Natural Organic Gardening and Living for Your Family, Plants and Pets (Ogden Publications, 2016), by Howard Garrett explains in detail what the organic method is and how to do it. The book offers natural living advice and describes why the organic program is a better alternative to pesticides and chemical fertilizers. The following excerpt is from Chapter 1, "Introduction."

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Organic Programs are Better in Every Way

This book is about the fact that the natural-organic program works better in every way. It’s also about how to do the program properly so that it works like it should. Organics is the thoughtful and sensitive use of techniques and products that not only sustain, but also improve soil health, plant health and the environment in general. Synthetic chemical fertilizers and toxic pesticides hurt the soil and plants with every application and are therefore unacceptable to use.

The practice of growing plants using organic techniques has been used for as long as man has tilled the earth. Only since World War II has the world of agriculture and horticulture been changed by the introduction of toxic synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. The proliferation of these man-made toxic chemicals temporarily increased the yield of many food crops and ornamentals, but it also increased the long-term cost of production, caused pollution of our air and drinking water, changed the soil structure, accelerated erosion and jarred the entire ecosystem.

Earth’s fertile land has been depleted, and overall quality of production has decreased due to a dramatic reduction of the soil’s health.

Reasons for the continued use of synthetic products include a lack of understanding of how organic techniques work and the fear that, if chemicals are discontinued, plants won’t grow well and will be devoured by insects and diseases. The amount of money spent on synthetic chemical advertising and research at major universities is of no small consequence either. Many people simply don’t know that organic products work effectively and economically and are easy and fun to use. On the other hand, most folks don’t realize how dangerous and damaging harsh pesticides and synthetic fertilizers are, not only to themselves, but to the health of the planet. One of the best-kept secrets is that the organic program can and usually does save 40-50 percent on irrigation. This significant water saving alone should be reason enough to go organic.

12/30/2017 1:31:28 PM

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