Organic farming helps create a cleaner water supply in two ways: it prevents excess nutrients from getting into the groundwater and eventually into streams, and it better prevents erosion and run-off. The nutrients are a big problem with traditional farms because when they get into a body of water, they cause excess algal growth, and when the algae dies it takes all the oxygen in the water with it. The erosion gets silt and all kinds of pollutants into water.
However, organic farming can cause the same problems if done improperly. Farmers transitioning to organic should make sure not to use too much fertilizer during the transition, and carefully monitor their soil. They also need to know how to properly store the natural fertilizer (manure, compost) so that its nutrients don’t leach into the groundwater.
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