Perhaps it’s time we examine other farming methods. Are there new ideas to make farming more sustainable? This is a basic introduction to sustainable agriculture. Sustainable farming has many benefits and will be important for our future.
SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE DEFINED
In agriculture, sustainability is a complex topic. For example, sustainable farming has economic, social, and environmental components. Environmental sustainability in agriculture means good stewardship of the natural systems and resources that farms rely on. This involves building and maintaining healthy soil, managing water wisely, minimizing climate pollution, and promoting biodiversity. Overall these practices comprise agroecology, the science of managing farms as ecosystems.
IS SUSTAINABLE THE SAME AS ORGANIC?
No, organic and sustainable aren’t the same. Current organic standards leave room for some practices that are not optimally sustainable. Also, not all farmers who use sustainable practices qualify for USDA certification. Farmers have to apply for organic status or choose to pursue it. Overall, certified organic fruits and vegetables are more likely to have been produced more sustainably than conventionally grown produce.
SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE PRACTICES
* Rotating crops and planting a variety of crops helps create healthier soil. Additionally, rotation helps improve pest control. Another technique is intercropping. That’s when farmers grow a mix of crops in the same area.
* Planting cover crops during off-season times. When soils are left bare they can suffer deterioration. So, keeping them covered is an effective way to protect and build soil health. This activity prevents erosion, replenishes soil nutrients, and restricts weed growth.
* Reduce tilling by inserting seeds directly into undisturbed soil. This practice reduces erosion and improves soil health. Traditional plowing can cause a lot of soil loss.
* Integrated pest management (IPM) is also important. Some techniques include mechanical and biological controls to keep pest populations under control. These both help to minimize the use of pesticides.
* Adopting agroforestry and adding trees or shrubs to farm operations. The trees and shrubs provide shade and shelter to protect plants, animals, and water sources.
Other Recent Posts:
What Is Habitat Conservation
WHAT IS HABITAT CONSERVATION? Habitat conservation means protecting the places where things on earth live. A habitat is a place where a certain animal, plant, or other living thing lives. These places are [...]
What Is Sick Building Syndrome?
WHAT IS SICK BUILDING SYNDROME? Sick building syndrome is a term that describes a wide range of undefined symptoms that people have when they live in a building. It is mostly because of [...]
What Is Hydrology?
WHAT IS HYDROLOGY? Hydrology is the study of water from a scientific standpoint. It includes the study of water's occurrence, properties, circulation, and distribution on, beneath, and above the earth's surface. Hydrologists are [...]
What Is Ocean Acidification?
WHAT IS OCEAN ACIDIFICATION? Ocean acidification is the process by which the ocean absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, thus decreasing the ocean’s pH. The ocean absorbs up to one-third of the carbon [...]
What Is the Wildlife Trade?
WHAT IS THE WILDLIFE TRADE? It is called the "wildlife trade" when people trade and sell living or dead wild animals and plants. This practice has a direct effect on biodiversity and also [...]
Why Are Coral Reefs Important?
Why Are Coral Reefs Important? At first look, you may think you’re looking at a lump of colorful rocks. But, these are not rocks. These eye-catching figures are coral reefs! Found in oceans [...]
Ocean Dead Zones
Ocean Dead Zones The ocean is an important part of our ecosystem. It produces most of the oxygen we breathe. It’s also very important for our economy, providing food for many people around [...]
Walking for Fitness
Walking is an excellent way to stay fit and healthy. In fact, walking has been proven to be one of the best ways to lose weight because it burns calories. It also helps [...]
What’s Avian Flu?
What is Avian Flu? Avian flu, also known as avian influenza or bird flu, is a viral disease that primarily affects birds. The virus can be transmitted between different species of birds, but [...]
What is Carbon Absorption
What is Carbon Absorption? Carbon absorption, or carbon sequestration, is the capture and storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. This process occurs naturally through photosynthesis in plants and algae, which absorb [...]
Have a Topic Suggestion ? We are Open to New Ideas!