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New ideas and technologies spread differently across cultures.  As stated in Everett Rogers’ book Diffusion of Innovation, there are four main elements that influence this process: the innovation, communication channels, time, and social system.  As such, adoption of a new technology significantly depends on the dynamics of these elements.

Pat Acosta, A Pioneer in Organic Farming in Benguet (photo by Ben Natividad)

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet - Pat Acosta can be considered a peculiar farmer.

This statement can be a little bit exaggerated but no one can deny that he is one of the pioneers in the emergence of organic agriculture in the province of Benguet. If one examines the methods he uses in his farming it may be as he terms it “going back to the basics of agriculture,” where farming shouldn’t be as complicated as it may seem now. Organic farming according to Acosta can be described as simple farming, no need for chemical fertilizers as well as pesticides and all you need to worry about is the health of your soil.