Organic Farming Gets a $50 Million Boost
Highlight of the week, Obama has just assigned $50 million to a ‘new organics initiative’ geared towards financially supporting farmers to grow ‘green’ organic style! Although, this is not enough to financially support a complete switch in farming methods and approaches it is a step in the right direction. As with all change, it is gradual. We here at LadyLUX consider this a definite LARGE STEP in the right direction!! Simply LUX-tastic!!
Organic Food: Definition. In agriculture, this means that crops were grown without the use of conventional pesticides, artificial fertilizers or sewage sludge, and that they were processed without food additives (like chemical preservatives). –Treehugger.com
The greatest impact of this initiative is that it publically communicates the importance of organic farming as an eco-friendly and sustainable practice. A huge PLUS for this industry and us!!
The Organic Trade Association is glad for the support of USDA. OTA believes that this program of aids will further encourage farmers to employ these kind of practices, thus contributing to increase the US organic production and meet the consumers’ growing demand.—Christine Bushway, Executive Director of OTA, Greenplanet.net
Available to companies with the ‘accreditation by the Environmental Quality Incentives Program,’ which is the governmental program geared towards eco-sustainable projects. Non-organic farmers will be able to use the funds to learn new skills, such as natural nutrient management, crop rotation, and pesticide-free pest control. In order to be a recipient of the funds you have to demonstrate your seriousness for adopting organic practices and apply for funds by May 29th. The deadline seems a bit rushed, but it does cause those that are serious about change to take action immediately!
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