Vol. 5, Issue 4 (2017)
Can chemical-free farming alone achieve sustainability? - A review
Author(s): Shubham Lamba, VK Phogat and Satish Kumar
Abstract: With the rising population, the demand for food, fuel, fiber, and timber is increasing and to meet out these ever-increasing demands farming systems all around the globe has become more intensive to be in pace with these demands. Soils around the world are being subjected to more chemical inputs in form of chemical fertilizers and amendments which are reducing their productivity and plants are being treated for diseases and insect-pests through a variety of chemicals which are entering into the food chain and contaminating water resources. Forests are being leveled to bring more area into agriculture, grazing area is shrinking and habitats of various species are destroying which is causing loss of biodiversity. Moreover, climate change is causing threatening impacts on current agriculture practices which include decreasing yields, the occurrence of new diseases and natural disasters. Considering the present scenario, it has now become utmost necessary to shift from industrialized agriculture to organic farming where sustainability must be the prime objective; where soils are allowed to rejuvenate to their natural potential. However, millions of people around the world still suffering hunger especially when industrialized agriculture is considered as most productive; at this situation, a major shift from conventional to organic farming has raised the question “can organic farming alone achieve sustainability”? Considering the above facts present review inculcated various published research of national and international repute that claims the capability of organic farming to achieve sustainability and the loopholes where it lacks adaptability over conventional farming.
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Shubham Lamba, VK Phogat, Satish Kumar. Can chemical-free farming alone achieve sustainability? - A review. Int J Chem Stud 2017;5(4):1624-1631.