Even if you’ve never taken a family fishing trip, won’t set foot in a kayak for fear it’ll flip over and refuse to dip a toe in the local swimming hole, the health of our nation’s waterways has a direct impact on you and your family’s health.
Unfortunately, farms are among the top sources of pollution in the waterways we rely on for drinking water.9 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969713008474
Here’s why. When you have to till, scraping and digging across the field to help keep weeds down — like with traditional farming methods — the soil suffers. That makes it easier for fertilizers and pesticides to escape through erosion and runoff, contaminating nearby groundwater.
Using GMO Farming methods, farmers can till a lot less — if they have to till at all10 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2095633915300630 — which is why they’re able to increase soil health, reduce erosion and cut herbicide runoff by 70 percent.11 https://www.ars.usda.gov/research/publications/publication/?seqNo115=68911 And that makes a big difference.