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Published on October 12th, 2007 | by Stephanie Evans

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What is Sustainable Agriculture?

Sustainable produce is a relatively new idea.  It gives shoppers interested in purchasing organic produce an alternative option at a lower cost, and sometimes a higher rate of availability.  According to the Food Alliance, sustainable produce (although not the same as organic produce) must meet the following criteria:

  • Use a range of natural pest controls, such as beneficial insects, careful weather monitoring and scouting
  • Use the least toxic pesticides when natural methods don’t work
  • Improve soil by natural methods, such as crop rotation and cover crops
  • Protect clean drinking water and fish habitat by providing buffer zones in riparian areas
  • Provide wildlife habitat and encouraging residency by growing some year round vegetative cover for shelter and food
  • Take into consideration quality of life issues for their farm workers and their communities when making daily farm management decisions
  • Continually improve their farming practices to make them more environmentally sound, socially just, and economically viable.





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