How Does Compost Help With Soil Erosion?

04/28/2021

Soil erosion is a naturally occurring process that affects all landforms. In agriculture, soil erosion refers to the wearing away of a field’s topsoil by the natural physical forces of water and wind or through forces associated with farming activities.

The effects of soil erosion go beyond the loss of fertile land. It has led to increased pollution and sedimentation in streams and rivers, clogging these waterways and causing declines in fish and other species. And degraded lands are also often less able to hold onto water, which can worsen flooding. Sustainable land use can help to reduce the impacts of agriculture and livestock, preventing soil degradation and erosion and the loss of valuable land to desertification.

Composting food scraps, just like yard waste, creates a product that can be used to help improve soils, grow the next generation of crops and improve water quality.

Compost helps to reduce soil erosion in a number of ways, including by binding soil together, increasing water retention, and slowing the surface flow of water.  (reducing runoff)

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