Organic horticulture aims to produce healthy, good quality food in an ecologically responsible way, for which the grower gets a fair return. The system is designed to avoid the need for agrochemicals and to minimise damage to the environment and wildlife.
Growers apply sustainable management practices to maintain optimum fertility and biological activity in the soil, and to enhance the farm environment by encouraging farm wildlife. This helps to support plenty of natural predators, preventing pests and diseases from reaching damaging levels. A healthy soil helps to produce crops that are more resistant to pests and diseases. Healthy crops ultimately mean healthy food.
The technical competence of UK organic growers continues to improve, with reports of better quality fruit, vegetables and salad crops. To find out more about organic horticultural production download our free comprehensive introductory guide:
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