Biological Farming

Michael Douglass Biological farming Leave a Comment

Many Australian farmers and other stakeholders are seeking alternatives to current farm management practices, particularly the reliance on pesticides and high analysis fertilisers. Biological farming is one such alternative. It presents a viable method of producing high quality, nutritious produce with reduced dependence on inorganic fertilisers, pesticides or gene modification. Biological farming is based on scientific principles and common sense. Central to this is the realisation that microbes are the basis of all agricultural production systems. Many farmers are already familiar with the importance of microbes in ruminant nutrition. Another example is the role of Rhizobiumbacteria in encouraging nitrogen fixation in legumes. Producers need to understand the natural processes that occur on their farm, and then learn how to look for the …