|Author:||Union of Concerned Scientists|
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Floods and droughts have caused an estimated $340.4 billion in damages in the United States since 1980. On the nation’s farms, these extreme weather events devastate crops and livestock, and damage or wash away soil. Taxpayers shoulder a heavy burden from these disasters, which also affect cities and towns downstream from farm fields. Current agricultural policies incentivize farming practices that reduce soil’s ability to absorb and hold water. A new Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) analysis finds that a shift to soilbuilding practices that incorporate ground-covering crops year-round could help solve this problem. In 70 percent of field studies we analyzed, keeping soil unplowed and covered with living plants increased its sponge-like ability to absorb more water.
|Organization:||Union of Concerned Scientists|
|Publisher:||Union of Concerned Scientists|
Soil health, water absorption, drought, flood, farming practices