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Earth Day: Learn Why Biodynamic Soils Are the Healthiest

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • A recent study by a leading organic wine brand demonstrates the beneficial impact organic and biodynamic farming have on soil health; either method is superior to conventional farming, sequestering 12.8% and 9.4% more carbon per acre respectively than conventional farming
  • Biodynamic farming provides superior crops both in volume and increased density of nutrients. Biodynamic farms are also completely self-sustaining. This self-sustainability is what sets biodynamic farms apart from organic farms
  • Agricultural fertilizer, especially the nitrogen component, is the greatest contributor to air pollution in much of the U.S., China and Russia; excess fertilizer runoff is also one of the largest contributors to groundwater and ocean pollution
  • Conventional agriculture, due to its heavy use of potable water for irrigation, is also a primary cause of water scarcity around the world, as aquifers once thought to be inexhaustible are being drained faster than they can refill
  • One-third of Earth’s soil is acutely degraded as a result of tilling and heavy chemical use, which remove carbon from the soil and destroy the microbial balance in the soil responsible for plant nutrition and growth

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated each year on April 22, to promote environmental awareness and protection. As noted by

"The history of Earth Day … dates back to 1970 when it was first celebrated … It was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson to promote ecology and the respect for life on the planet as well as to encourage awareness of the growing problems of air, water and soil pollution."

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