Food is not only essential to life, it also plays a key role in the economy and has become a determinant factor on the human impact over the environment and our natural resources. That’s why sustainable food and practices such as regenerative agriculture are so important.
Just like there are big efforts being made in other industries, like energy or automobiles, to reduce the impact they have on the environment, the food industry has been doing the transition from profit-only and cost-reducing policies to ones that are more amicable to the planet.
The 5 principles for sustainable food and agriculture
According to the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), these are the 5 principles of sustainable food and agriculture.
- Improving efficiency in the use of resources
- Direct action to conserve, protect and enhance natural resources
- Agriculture that protects and improves rural livelihoods, equity and social well-being
- Enhanced resilience of people, communities and ecosystems
- Responsible and effective governance mechanisms
As we can see, sustainability revolves around 3 key topics: an efficient use of resources, putting agriculture in service for the communities and good governance. Knowing all this, what steps are necessary to have a more sustainable farm business? Here we tell you about 3 things practically any farmer can start doing to be more sustainable.
3 sustainable practices that practically any farmer can start doing
Instead of planting just one kind of crop, going for more variety should be considered. This practice offers many benefits like healthier soil and better pest control. Intercropping (growing different crops in one area) and multi-year crop rotations are popular examples.
Having livestock and crops in the same area
Most farmers keep plants and animal production separate, having animals living as far as possible from the crops, which doesn’t let you get the benefits of manure fertilizer. If done correctly, integration of crop and animal production can be key for more efficient and profitable farms.
Avoiding tillage as much as possible
Plowing the field makes the soil ready for new crops and prevents the forming of weeds, but it’s a very abrasive method that causes soil loss. Exploring alternative no-till or reduced tillage methods can prevent erosion and improve soil health.
Although implementing sustainability efforts in agriculture requires extra work and effort, farmers should not be discouraged from taking a look at new ways of doing things in order to help the industry and the planet.
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