Our soils are in trouble. It has been steadily declining for the past decades. The only way to reverse the decline is to use organic farming methods in all agricultural land. But since that is not possible yet for now, we must work harder to achieve that. Everything we do with our soil should be with the reduction of soil erosion in mind. Everything else is just secondary.
Do you know that it takes a century for one inch of topsoil to form? Conventional farming constantly damages topsoil at depths of one to three feet. No matter how much we hope for nature to keep up and reverse the degradation that conventional farms do, it just isn’t enough. For some reason, humans are so much more intelligent that the conventional farming methods they produced are rapidly destroying the environment.
So, how can organic farming help? The methods of this type of farming can play an important and critical role in soil erosion control. As you know, organic farming uses natural methods, which means there are no chemical or synthetic materials in the fertilizers and compost that organic farmers use. In turn, the absence of chemicals in the materials used to grow the crops helps preserve the topsoil.
The exposure of the soil to erosive forces is also reduced. As such, biodiversity is increased and nutrients are retained. Organic farms have some of the healthiest and most nutritious soils. The produce that grows here is packed with vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that your body needs.
That does not mean, of course, that organic farms don’t use fertilizers. It uses an alternative to chemical fertilizers. It is called farm-derived renewable resources. However, it is also sometimes necessary to supplement the soils in an organic farm with potassium, calcium, phosphate, magnesium, and other trace elements.
Conservation tillage, which is another method in organic farming, reduces soil erosion, too. It prevents soil degradation such as erosion and impaction. Organic farmers are encouraged to adopt this method because it has the power to conserve the topsoil, which is a critical component of the organic farm’s produce.
The world is at a critical juncture. Should it turn to organic farming or should it continue with its practices but also come up with methods to “give back” to the environment? Just how much damage have people done to the environment? The answer to all the concerns you hear about the environment, food security, and soil erosion might be organic farming.