Canada Agriculture Day: Water Pollution from Agriculture

Published Mar 26, 2018 

February 13, 2018

February 13th, 2018 is the 2nd annual Canada’s Agriculture Day – a time to celebrate and draw a closer connection between Canadians, our food and the people who produce it. Our theme this year is "Water Pollution from Agriculture", which is a global challenge that has increased in both developed and developing countries, undermining economic growth as well as the physical and environmental health of billions of people. Human settlements, industries and agriculture are the major sources of water pollution. Globally, 80 percent of municipal wastewater is discharged into water bodies untreated, and industry is responsible for dumping millions of tonnes of heavy metals, solvents, toxic sludge and other wastes into water bodies each year. Agriculture, which accounts for 70 percent of water abstractions worldwide, plays a major role in water pollution. Farms discharge large quantities of agrochemicals, organic matter, drug residues, sediments and saline drainage into water bodies. The resultant water pollution poses demonstrated risks to aquatic ecosystems, human health and productive activities.

How can farmers reduce these devastating impacts on our environment you ask? Without the initiation of the new guideline by governments, it is up to farms to take these matters into their own hands. But why would farms risk the health of their crop to abandon traditional farming practices which have provided them with quality crops and sustained their lively-hoods. The answer must come from farmers implementing new innovative technologies to further increase their yields and profits. By doing this farmers must make their practices more efficient and reduce their consumption of goods. To do this, farmers a turning to precision agriculture technologies so help answer these complex questions. Leading the way are drones which are a wonderful technology that can support farmers to reduce their use of water, fertilizer, herbicides, and pesticides. This reduction can dramatically impact the health of our ecosystems and the wildlife that call them home. If you are interested in learning how EnviroDrone is able to implement this strategy, contact us and schedule a consultation for one of our Agriculture Management Plans.

Learn more in this publication by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the International Water Management Institute.