Doing What We Can

As an organic farmer, I am already environmentally friendly by definition. I am always looking to make improvements in my growing strategies to increase production and especially to conserve water. That is a top priority. I want to provide people with quality food in a way that fosters sustainability. No wastage for me. I rotate my crops and enrich the soil naturally without pesticides and other pollutants. One of my current concerns is to use reverse osmosis to decrease water usage on the farm. As I like to say, we should be doing what we can.

You might not know that you can get such systems for your home to ensure pure drinking water. You get fresh taste, which is of great value for cooking, making coffee and tea, baby formula, serving others, for pets, and plants. How did we get along without it before? If you want beauty benefits, you wash your face in filtered water. Plus, if you have dietary and health issues, it is quite efficacious. The best systems eliminate 99% of the pollutants in tap water. It is a total solution for the whole house.

And then there is the farm. That is a larger task. No matter your acreage you can use the same system on a broad scale. Your crops will thrive and drink in chemical-free liquid. You can pass on the purity to customers who buy your produce. More and more people expect healthy food, plus they like knowing that the farmers are not wasteful. Reverse osmosis is a common solution to water usage. It is not a new idea, dating back centuries, but it works. The technology improved considerably until a synthetic membrane was invented that prevented salt from passing through—only fresh water. It was an ingenious idea that helped convert ocean water.

Thus, reverse osmosis plain and simple is a water purification system that decontaminates or separates out unwanted particles. As I read about it at, there is a natural movement of water from a condition of high pollution (high solute) through the membrane to attain a low solute concentration. It is called osmotic pressure. The membrane does all the work as a dense barrier layer. For the farm, I would need a large capacity system – I discovered this by chatting to them on Facebook. It performs its function while it saves water, our precious resource. You can imagine its value around the world, not just on my little farm.

Here is how it works in a nutshell. Impure water is routed from one area into another through a membrane by means of a process called osmotic pressure. If you want to get scientific, “the water produces an analogous flow that is triggered by a pressure differential.” You can see that I have learned a lot. The implications are enormous in providing potable drinking water. Think of remote areas of the planet and places where clean water is scarce. I am proud to play my little part in an important area of conservation.