Conventional Farming - Water ContaminationThe largest negative impact of conventional farming is its contamination of our fresh water supply.
This is the #1 urgent health concern according to the United Nations Environment Programme.
Run-off from normal irrigationFarms use chemicals on their crops where they soak into the soil. From natural irrigation, these substances run off into the groundwater (wells, basins, rivers, etc.), which supplies about 30% of our fresh water.
Water supplies test positiveThe U.S. Geological Survey found that more than 50% of the fresh water wells they sampled contained one or more pesticides. Results were worse in areas close to agricultural areas.
Beginning in 1995, the Environmental Working Group also began testing tap water pesticide and herbicide levels in agricultural areas of the U.S. and discovered widespread contamination by several types of pesticides. The levels were remarkable, exceeding federal lifetime health standards in just a few weeks or months.
Increased exposure to toxinsWhen these pesticides and fertilizers enter our natural water supply, we again are exposed to the ill health effects of the toxins. (More...)
Irreversible damageIn a recent WorldWatch report, the "toxic brew" of pesticides, nitrogen-rich fertilizers and industrial chemicals are said to be creating irreversible pollution to our groundwater around the globe.
Farms harming their own resourceIronically, the conventional agriculture industry uses approximately 70% of our freshwater to grow its crops, and yet it is responsible for the most contamination to its own essential resource.
Organic alternativeFor our own health and sustainability, we need to adopt farming methods that do not contaminate our vital resources.
Conventional Farming - Dead Zones in the Ocean
Organics - Benefits