Organic farming is at the forefront of the fight for the planet.
Most health-conscious Americans are aware that foods grown with organic fertilizers are fresher than their nonorganic counterparts. However, a fact that often skates by unnoticed is that organic farming can help solve a significant problem facing the earth: the gross destruction of marine ecosystems.
The Root of the Problem
Ironically, scientific progress is the very thing that caused the overuse of dangerous nonorganic fertilizers. According to the 2013 National Geographic article “Fertilized World”, overuse of chemical fertilizers in China stems from the development of high-yield crop seeds and more powerful chemical fertilizers created to feed those seeds. This is not an uncommon story. Around the world, farmers enthusiastically embraced the new scientific advancements in farming, unaware of the serious damage that would occur once chemical-infused runoff entered the water.
Damaging Marine Life
Runoff from dangerous fertilizers has had staggering ramifications. In 2009, the Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report listed runoff as one of the three major factors influencing the reef. The destabilization of reef ecosystems can have catastrophic effects. However, it is not just the reefs that are affected. Runoff may also create oceanic dead zones, limiting oxygen in the water and devastating ecosystems.
A More Positive Outlook
The importance of balanced marine ecosystems cannot be overstated. With every species that goes extinct we lose not only the opportunity to see unique living things, but the possibility to improve medications and quality of life. This is where organic farming can help: It changes runoff composition. Organic fertilizers that are made from a high-quality mix of ingredients, such as Nature Safe’s organic formula, not only provide exceptional nutrition for crops, they infuse the land with safe ingredients. Without toxic runoff, marine ecosystems can breathe and recover.
The Green Movement’s Secret Weapon
Organic farming truly is the Green Movement’s treasure of treasures. With every farmer that decides to go organic, fewer dangerous ingredients enter the water cycle, whether through groundwater, rivers, or oceans. According to “Oceanic Dead Zones Continue to Spread,” a 2008 article published in Scientific American, the dead zone in the Black Sea swiftly recovered when dangerous fertilizer runoff was reduced. Organic farming should be close to every environmental activist’s heart.
Earth is suffering, but the Green Movement has an ace in its pocket. With proper encouragement and local support of organic farming, ecosystems can bounce back. Organic farming is truly at the forefront of the fight for the planet.
Anica Oaks, the author of this article, is a freelance writer and web enthusiast.
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