At Quaker, we know our oats. Having worked with farmers for over 70 years, we have high standards for our growers. But we appreciate the farmers who have helped us become the world’s largest miller of oats, and have worked with them over the years to implement new changes and innovations in the way they farm their land.
While the health benefits of oats are well documented, many people will be surprised to learn about the numerous environmental advantages associated with this humble grain. Oats provide benefits to the environment that are surprising from such an unassuming grain.
A Less Demanding Crop
Oats consume less fertilizer from the soil they’re grown in—considerably less than many other crops. When less fertilizer is used, the risk of ground and surface water contamination due to run-off is greatly reduced.
A Firm Grasp on the Soil
Most crops leave broad expanses of the earth exposed to the elements, allowing for substantial wind and water erosion over time. But due to the dense growth of oats, the cover they provide shelters the earth they grow on from the brunt of erosion. Further, oats require less tilling than many other crops, and the less the earth is disturbed, the less the soil is susceptible to erosion.
Crowding Out the Competition
Oats grow densely, casting a dark shade over the ground they cover. This deep shadow denies competing plants the sunlight necessary for survival, and otherwise damaging weeds are unable to gain a foothold among the oats. Since oats require less herbicide spray than many other grains, there is less risk of pollutants and groundwater contamination.