Published on October 12th, 2007 | by Stephanie Evans0
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.