March 22, 2019 6:25 am Leave your thoughts
Today is World Water Day – something we feel very strongly about at Naturally Good Food. We’re not in the ‘water’ business ourselves, but we do have one very particular interest in it. Water makes up 71% of the globe and around 60% of our bodies. Without water, there’s no life, and without clean water, there’s no healthy life. For us at Naturally Good Food, our interest is all about keeping things clean: keeping them organic and natural.
Years ago, our business put down its roots in organic food. It’s grown (organically!) ever since. Now with a huge variety of products to offer, we remain dedicated to bringing our customers the best in organic wholefoods, toiletries and household products. We believe that organic food tastes better and is better for you – we also believe that our organic products help make the environment around us a much better place.
Organic farming keeps our water clean
Organic farming supports the soil, wildlife, the atmosphere and water. Organic farmers aren’t allowed to use harmful pesticides or petroleum-based fertilisers, which means that their soils retain their nutrients and that wildlife flourishes on their farms. The delicate ecosystems that strengthen our soils – and thus our crops – are protected. Strong soils also serve as ‘carbon sinks’, helping to absorb carbon levels in the atmosphere and playing a vital role in combating global warming.
Strong soils need clean, fresh water. With pesticide use severely restricted in organic farming, the ‘run-off’ of harmful substances into waterways is greatly limited. In conventional farming, which uses petroleum-based fertilisers, such run-off can cause ‘algal blooms’ in waterways, with damaging effects on animals and organisms in the water and on humans too. Through organic farming, our rivers, seas and groundwater sources remain as pure as nature intended.
Within the EU, there’s an obligation on organic farmers to ‘ensure the health of water’ and to make ‘responsible use’ of it. Organic farming tends to use less water: this explanation from Nature’s Path explains why:
‘Many of the core practices of organic farming (and gardening) – including building soil organic matter, planting cover crops, spreading organic mulches, and maintaining areas of perennial plants and trees – help the soil absorb and retain water, reduce runoff, and help recharge underground aquifers (the Rodale Institute reports that organic fields hold more water during droughts, and that 15-20% more water seeps down to the aquifer under organic fields than does under conventional fields). Use of slow-release fertilizers (which don’t wash away), and avoidance of man-made toxins, further recommend organic farming as a powerful part of creating healthy, resilient watersheds.’
In a world in which both droughts and floods are becoming more prevalent, and where many areas are increasingly short of water, responsible use of water is crucial.
World Water Day
Want to find out more about World Water Day? Visit the website here. We love this excerpt from World Water Day 2018, where the theme was ‘nature-based solutions’:
‘Every drop of water is on an endless journey through the sky, the soil and streams…through our lives…and back into nature.
In many places, our environment is damaged, leaving us with polluted water or no water at all.
Nature is green infrastructure. A system supplying us with the water we need to survive and thrive.
Healthy forests and fields prevent soil and chemicals being washed into rivers.
Lakes, wetlands and floodplains store, purify and control water.
This World Water Day, explore nature-based solutions to our water challenges.’
Come and join us at Naturally Good Food, this World Water Day, in helping protect our water supplies and in building our own green infrastructure.
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This post was written by Yzanne