Compare, distinguish and explain what is the difference between conventional and organic farming.
Difference between Conventional and Organic Farming
1. In conventional farming, chemical fertilizers are applied to promote plant growth. In organic farming, natural fertilizers are used such as manure or compost, to feed soil and plants.
2. In conventional, we spray insecticides to reduce pests and disease. In organic, we use beneficial insects and birds, mating disruption or traps to reduce pests and disease.
3. In conventional farming, herbicides are used to manage weeds. In organic farming, we rotate crops, till, hand weed or mulch to manage weeds.
4. In conventional, animals antibiotics, growth hormones and medications is given to prevent disease and spur growth. In organic, animals organic feed are give and allow them access to the outdoors. Also, use of preventive measures such as rotational grazing, a balanced diet and clean housing is taken to help minimize disease.