Farmlands7 simple ways to boost air quality around you when living in a farmland

While owning a farmland is undoubtedly a blessing, it’s important to recognize that maintaining it bestows a unique set of challenges, particularly in terms of air quality. Contrary to the common perception that farmland living guarantees superior air quality, it’s essential to take proactive measures to ensure that the air you breathe is truly pure and clean. Poor air quality can have adverse effects on your health and overall well-being. 

As per a report, 91% of the global population is exposed to daily air pollution, leading to at least 1 in 10 deaths from pollution-related illnesses. IQAir’s 2020 World Air Quality Report highlights that Indian cities, on average, surpass WHO PM2.5 guidelines by 500%, making India home to 10 of the world’s 15 most polluted cities.

Now, as we’ve discussed why is breathing in fresh air need of the hour, we present several straightforward yet impactful methods to enhance air quality while residing in farmland:

1. Plant Trees That Release Oxygen: 

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Planting trees on your farmland is not only aesthetically pleasing but also beneficial for air quality. A study suggests, One large tree can provide a day’s supply of oxygen for up to four people. Trees are natural air purifiers, absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen through the process of photosynthesis. By selecting a perfect mix of native trees that thrive in your region, you can significantly enhance the oxygen levels during day and night. Additionally, trees provide shade, reduce soil erosion, and create a healthier environment for both humans and wildlife.


2. Control Open Burning: 

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Open burning of agricultural waste is a common practice in farmland areas. While it may seem like a convenient way to dispose of debris, open burning can release harmful pollutants into the atmosphere, including particulate matter and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). As per a report, Between 2003 and 2019, agricultural residue burning was responsible for an estimated annual toll of 44,000 to 98,000 premature deaths linked to particulate matter exposure. To improve air quality, consider alternative methods of waste disposal, such as composting or mulching. These eco-friendly practices not only reduce air pollution but also enrich your soil and hence lower the need of chemicals and pesticides.


3. Reduce Dust:
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In farmland settings, dust can significantly degrade air quality, especially in dry and windy seasons. Fine street dust particles enter the lungs and bloodstream. As per a report by American Lung Associationscientific reviews confirm their link to higher mortality and various diseases, including cardiovascular, respiratory, and lung cancer.To mitigate dust issues, consider implementing measures like installing gravel or paved pathways to minimize soil erosion and dust stirred by vehicles and machinery. Forward-thinking developers like Triguna Country Homes are embracing soil stabilization and dust-free road technologies. These innovations not only reduce construction costs but also enhance road longevity, virtually waterproof the soil, and improve road safety and functionality. Additionally, planting ground cover vegetation, such as low-growing shrubs or grasses, can stabilize the soil and effectively reduce dust generation.


2. Embrace Indoor Plants: 

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Talking about farmlands, mostly individuals often view them as weekend retreats, frequently constructing modest structures to appreciate their investments and enjoy leisurely moments. And thus, when improving outdoor air quality we should not overlook the importance of indoor air quality. Houseplants can play a significant role in purifying indoor air by absorbing pollutants and releasing oxygen. According to research conducted by NASA, it is recommended that at least one plant per 100 square feet is all it takes for efficient air-cleaning.  Some indoor plants, like snake plants, spider plants, and peace lilies, are known for their air-purifying properties. They can help remove harmful substances such as formaldehyde and benzene from the air, creating a healthier living environment.


4. Ensure Proper Ventilation: 

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Good indoor ventilation is essential for maintaining healthy air quality. Ensure that your home is well-ventilated to allow for the circulation of fresh outdoor air. Simply opening doors or windows for 30 minutes a day can have a positive impact. Use exhaust fans, open windows, and install air vents to promote airflow. During favorable weather conditions and locations (as in case of green farmlands), take advantage of natural ventilation by opening doors and windows to let in clean, fresh air. Installing air purifiers with HEPA filters can further enhance indoor air quality by capturing airborne particles and allergens.


6. Clean Filters Regularly: 

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Regularly cleaning or replacing filters is crucial for maintaining clean indoor air quality. This includes filters in your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system and air purifiers. Over time, these filters accumulate dust and particles, which, if left unattended, can contribute to indoor pollution. Follow manufacturer recommendations for filter maintenance, which may include cleaning or replacing filters on a regular schedule to ensure effective air purification.


7. Promote organic produce in your piece of land : 

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Well this may sound irrelevant when air pollution is the concern but organic farming practices and alternative pest control methods minimize chemical pollutants in the air. By going organic you not only consume pure but breathing pure. 


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