Why Organic? – Organic Farming Saves Water
There are many reasons to support organic farmers. One that few people may be aware of is that organic farming conserves water, a lot of water.
Water is becoming a scarce resource that political battles and maybe wars will be fought over in the not too distant future. So, supporting farming practices that conserve water is a very good thing.
Compost Increases Water Capacity
A study conducted in New South Wales, Australia, found that the use of compost increases the water holding capacity of farmland. Land where compost is employed instead of petrochemical fertilizers uses between 14,000 to 100,000 fewer gallons of water per year per acre.
Increasing the organic matter in soil by just 1% allows one acre of farmland to hold 16,000 more gallons of water over the course of a year. In addition to all the other benefits, by supporting organic farmers, you are helping reduce that amount of water used to grow your food.
As an example, just one of the farms you support when you get your weekly produce box from Full Circle, Pinnacle Organically Grown Produce, has a combined 250 acres of farm land in Hollister and San Juan Bautista.
Eating Organic Helps to Conserve Water!
Each year that you get your organic produce from Full Circle, and farms like Phil and Katherine Foster’s Pinnacle Organically Grown, instead of commercial farms, helps save between 3,500,000 and 25,000,000 gallons of water that is used to grow that produce.
When you get your weekly box of produce from Full Circle, you are supporting over a dozen small, local organic farmers so they can continue using compost instead of petrochemical fertilizers and pesticides used by commercial farmers. Thereby allowing the hundreds of millions of gallons of water that get saved to be put to some other use.
This may not seem that important right now, but by 2013, 36 state water managers expect water shortages in their states. Supporting organic farmers so that their farms both survive and thrive is important as we move into a future where drinking water will become more and more scarce.
Did you know about organic farming’s ability to conserve water? Let us know in the comments below.