The Importance of Sustainable Agriculture

Linda J. Dodson

The act of a farmer working the land to produce food consistently without causing or creating irreversible damage to the well-being of our ecosystem is called sustainable agriculture. Farming in this method has three main goals:

1. Environmental stability
2. Farm profitability
3. Prosperous farming communities

These sets of practices have been identified by a variety of regulations by both the farmer and the consumer. For a farmer to excel at sustainable agriculture there are two main issues for the farmer to understand .

1. The long-term effects of various farming methods, such as harrowing or crop rotation, to ensure rich soil properties. Rotating the crop helps keep the soil from depletion of its nutrients by adding livestock manure or by growing alfalfa and adding it to the soil, it is high in nitrogen. Clover works also. In order for sustainable agriculture to work it depends on the farmer to replace nutrients back into the soil.

2. The long term ability of a farmer to gather information and manage resources like farm labourers is socio-economic.

Methods of working the field are partially understood. Excessive tilling with no proper irrigation could create field erosion or a high salt content in the soil. Experience will provide the best knowledge on what is better for soil properties while managing sustainable agriculture farms.

With sustainable agriculture being the leading growing method, a healthier environment would be ensured.

With the environmental crisis we are facing, sustainable agriculture is helping the environment . While we look for better alternatives we have found that growing organically using sustainable agriculture fits the world in our times. To eat healthy anyone could grow a sustainable vegetable garden on their property.

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