Vermont’s sustainable farming and air quality helped the state to be the most environment-friendly in the U.S. for 2018, according to an analysis.
Aside from organic farming, agriculture companies should also consider sustainable fertilizer tank fabrication from providers such as Heartland Tank Services not just in Vermont, but also in other parts of the country. An expanded practice of organic farming is also essential for better public and environmental health.
The analysis based the rankings on each state’s “environmental quality” and “eco-friendly behaviors,” which Vermont ranked on top. It landed on the 23rd spot for “climate change contributions,” which isn’t bad considering it aced the two other categories.
When it comes to air quality, the state tied with South Dakota for the third spot. Wyoming has the best air quality nationwide, unlike California that landed at the bottom. Soil quality serves as another important factor for sustainable farming. Five states tied at the top spot and these comprised Michigan, Minnesota, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin. On the other hand, Maine has the highest percentage of recycled solid waste with some of it likely used for fertilizer.
The need for better fertilizer storage in farms would be more necessary in the U.S. and the rest of the world. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimated that global consumption in 2018 would exceed 200 million tonnes.
Demand for nitrogen, which is the biggest fertilizer base, would increase by an annual rate of 1.4% between 2008 and 2018, according to FAO. The caveat, however, requires farmer to be more conscious of their fertilizer consumption to avoid polluting the soil.
Smarter farming practices play a major role in a state’s sustainability since the agriculture sector arguably has the biggest environmental footprint. You can do your part by choosing to build liquid storage tanks for fertilizers that comply with industry standards.