Organic farming is the solution to nutrient-rich soil

For over 10,000 years, humans have depended on soil. Today, soil depends on us. Due to agricultural processes like higher volume tillage and the use of pesticides and fertilizers, the health of our soil is decreasing at an alarming rate. Without healthy soil, we face more pollution and less cultivation.

Healthy soil is crucial for many important aspects of life on our planet:

  1. Soil Protection – Soil is a valuable natural resource, essential to creating healthy crops. Healthy soil helps plants soak up essential nutrients, capture carbon from the atmosphere, resist drought and disease.
  2. Water Conservation – Soil is crucial for a clean water supply, acting as a water filter, trapping pollutants before they enter the groundwater supply. Healthy soil can capture and store water during droughts.
  3. Vital Nutrients – Healthy soil contains micro-organisms, organic matter, carbon and oxygen to create a nutrient-rich and thriving ecosystem.
  4. Fresh Air – With low or no-till farming, soil works to capture carbon, preventing it from being released back into the air.

According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), about a third of the world’s soil has already been degraded, mainly due to chemical agriculture, soil erosion caused by deforestation, and global warming. If the world continues down its current path of soil degradation, the United Nations estimates that the world’s top soil could be gone within 60 years.

What Can We Do to Save Our Soil?

When we purchase organic meat and produce, farmers are encouraged to incorporate organic farming practices, or to switch to organic altogether. The same goes for organic grocery items. When people continually purchase organic food it shows consumer support for organics and then companies will try to meet that demand with better, more competitive prices.

Cascadian Farm is one of the vendors we can trust to produce food you can feel good about eating, and to help create a sustainable future, one bite at a time. We’ve got many of their products on sale all month long; check out the end cap next to soup aisle.

It’s almost time for you to embark on your own organic gardens (Yeah, spring!). To help support you in your efforts, we’re raffling off a Gardening Kit to one lucky shopper, complete with Tool Tote, Kneeling Pad and Garden Gloves. To enter, like us on Instagram and tag a friend. The winner will be announced on April 2!