Go back to the older ways. There is always going to be pollution whether it is natural or unnatural. Farmers can help lower the pollution levels some and start helping to make this earth healthy again. Only if the farmers change the way they farm and stop putting those harmful chemicals into the ground. Works Cited Cook, Christopher D. "The Killing Fields."
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Agricultural runoff is water from cropland or livestock operations that flows into a body of water. It does not have one direct source that it comes from, and that is why it is hard to control. Scientists call that a diffuse source of pollution. It is the number one category of nonpoint source pollution (NPS) in rivers and lakes. Non-point source ... ... middle of paper ... ... have to spend so much to try to clean the water out.
Although farmers are the biggest supplier of nitrates into groundwater, everyone is responsible for additional contamination in one way or another. Nitrogen compounds given off from automobiles are introduced into the ground when it rains. Leaky septic systems can cause a significant increase in the concentration of nitrates in the groundwater. Those who over-fertilize their lawns or gardens contribute to the effects... ... middle of paper ... ...e our groundwater for generations to come. Most of us want to keep our country clean, so by following all of these suggestions, we can promote a healthier future and water supply.
Genetically Modified Crops For years farmers have fought pest, weeds, and diseases to grow crops. There have been many pesticides and herbicides used to help with these problems, only to find out later that they are damaging our environment and a health hazard to animals and humans. They are constantly searching for new ways to improve farming. Genetically engineered crops began in 1996 (Charmin 74-83). Genetically engineered crops appear to have minimal effects on the environment and humans, they produce larger yields of crops, and they could be the answer to world hunger.
The ecosystem of nutrients in the soil is very fragile and if farmers are not careful they will harm the ecosystem, which will cause farmers to loose yields and the world to loose its resources. Nutrient management is important to the future of agriculture because responsible nutrient management helps produce more crops to support the world. There are many factors that go into proper nutrient management. Fertilizers Fertilizers are at the forefront of nutrient management because they affect the plants ability to grow and produce seeds. Fertilizers are defined as a chemical or natural substance added to soil to increase the fertility.
Different from the conventional farming methods, alternative farming’s farmers do not only use the basic farming methods but as well combining them with modern scientific knowledge, along with all the materials that are available. (HDRA, What is Alternative Farming). For plants, grains specifically, they need water and nutrients from soil to develop. Therefore, building good soil structure and plant fertility can assuage the food crisis by helping plants grow rapidly while making sure the products maintain high quality. By composing the already supplied material such as leaves, fruit skin to make composer, farmers already save a good amount of money for other purposes, s... ... middle of paper ... ...al Issues."
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Fertilizer pollution Fertilizers are very commonly used on all types of farms and plants, but they strongly affect water pollution, and can be a big problem. Whether if fertilizers are organic or artificial, if they get into water ecosystems, they can cause very large problems. The fertilizers will cause an algae bloom, which can later cause dead zones. Dead zones are spots in which large algae blooms happened, and there are very little animals in the marine zone. Fertilizer pollution interacts with economic and political issues, and many things must be done in order to help resolve the issue.