Germany is currently concerned about our groundwater: The Federal Environment Agency warns that drinking water could soon become more expensive. In a study, it investigated the costs of providing drinking water as a result of nutrient and pesticide inputs from agriculture entering our groundwater.
The result: Our groundwater is heavily contaminated with nitrate. The consequence of this is that drinking water could become more expensive in many regions of Germany if nitrate inputs do not fall there soon.
The water utilities will have to resort to expensive treatment methods to purify the drinking water of nitrate.
How does that get into our groundwater? There are two main reasons for this:
mass livestock farming
Conventional agriculture, in contrast to sustainable organic farming, uses a lot of art. This flows into our groundwater through the büden.
The enormous amount of nutrients produced by factory farming in Germany alone is applied to fields for fertilization and is thus also released into groundwater.
The end is clear: The consumer has to pay the price for the conversion of conventional agriculture! And this amounts to between 32 and 45 percent, i.e. 55 to 76 cents per cubic meter.
Whoever wants to combat the severe effects of nitrate pollution and the contamination of groundwater by nitrates should resort to products from organic farming. It is best to cultivate the products regionally in Germany in order to further strengthen organic agriculture here.