Eating organic foods are not just good for your health but also, for the environment. Believe it or not, organic is protecting the lakes and streams from the toxic runoff that a traditional farm produces. There are a lot of byproducts of traditional farming that threatens watersheds as well as polluting drinking water.
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Runoff from farms additionally carries soil as well as farm inputs-like pesticides and fertilizer into streams and creeks. The excess phosphorous and nitrogen that leeched into water can result to the overgrowth of algae in just a short period of time which is otherwise known as algae bloom. The overgrowth of algae is consuming oxygen and blocking sunlight from the underwater plants.
The lack of oxygen will make it nearly impossible for aquatic animals to live, thus creating a dead zone. In fact, the biggest dead zone recorded is in Gulf of Mexico and it takes place every summer due to nutrient pollution brought by farms that leech and runs down through Mississippi River.
Organic Farming Saves the Environment
With organic farmers on the other hand, they are providing phosphorous and nitrogen for crops to grow. But in comparison to traditional farmers, organic farmers barely depend on chemical fertilizers which will be expensive and also, inconsistent with organic approach to soil fertility.