Grow your knowledge about farm and food sustainability.
You may not think about farmers when you’re ordering pizza at midnight or grabbing lunch with friends, but Ohio’s farmers are thinking of you. They’re thinking about how they can continue to grow food for you that’s safe and healthy with less impact on the environment. They’re thinking about how to be more efficient in the field to keep your food prices low and choices high.
You, along with your friends, neighbors and family members, are why farmers constantly seek ways to do better and be better stewards of the land. So why not spend a few minutes learning what today’s farmers are doing for you, the environment and our food supply? You might be surprised how much is happening behind the plate to make your future eats sustainable.
Careful stewardship by America’s farmers spurred a 44% decline in erosion of cropland by wind and water since 1982
Farmers use conservation buffers, strips of grass between crops and waterways, that help prevent pesticides and other crop nutrients from seeping into rivers and streams.
Pesticide use on farms declined by 18% from 1980-2008.
Farmers use technology to efficiently grow more safe and affordable food. They plant seeds, fertilize crops and spray pesticides using GPS and other equipment to ensure they use just the right amount to grow healthy crops.
Soybean farmers grow 46% more soybeans now than they did 30 years ago while decreasing energy use by 35% and greenhouse gas emission by 44%.
Many farmers rotate crops like corn and soybeans to increase biodiversity, control pests and prevent diseases. Soybeans replace vital nutrients in the soil, reducing the need for chemical fertilizers.
Worried that conventional farming leaves too much pesticide residue on your food? Actually, a woman could eat 529 servings of apples in a day with no effects from pesticides.
Foods grown using organic and conventional practices are equally safe and nutritious. There’s no need to pay extra for the organic label unless you feel like splurging.
Farmers use several conservation practices to protect soil and water quality. No till, grass conservation buffers and cover crops are all common practices to preserve our most precious resources.
Agriculture is the state’s number one industry. More than half of Ohio’s land is used for agricultural purposes, boasting 75,000 farms and 320 farmers markets.
Ohio’s top five ag products are soybeans, corn, dairy products/milk, hogs and cattle. Most of the soybeans grown today end up on your plate through the animals that eat them – like chickens!
Thanks to technology and a focus on improving farm practices, farmers today feed about 155 people, a huge increase over 25.8 people in 1960.