Organic agriculture is essential to a healthy watershed because its use of environment-friendly methods prevents the further contamination of our water resources. As a climate change mitigation strategy, organic agriculture reduces greenhouse gas emissions and traps carbon in the soil. Because it does not use synthetic and toxic chemicals, it enhances biodiversity and improves plants’ resilience to extreme climactic conditions.
Here in Davao City, the local government considers organic farming as essential in ensuring the food security of Dabawenyos. Towards this end, the City Council passed an Organic Agriculture Ordinance in 2011. The Ordinance mandates support for small organic farmers through technical and marketing assistance and by implementing mechanisms which mainstream organic farming .