The word “sustainable” is so frequently used today and with very good reason. It is only fitting to clarify the differences of what makes agriculture sustainable and what makes it industrial though — just to make sure we are all on the same page. Why should you care? Here are some of the many reasons why you should…
1) Health: For starters, I’m sure we all would agree that health is important. What would be the point of having a great car to drive or a great house to live in or a great life in general if you are sick all the time or you just don’t feel well!
The foods that come from sustainable farms use a sparse amount of pesticides, hormones, antibiotics or even petroleum-based fertilizers. What does this mean for our health? It is all good as this sustainable methodology enables people to better health outcomes and the prevention of many chronic diseases that are largely preventable.
Industrial agriculture is strictly looking at profitability and so in order to ensure this, they believe that the use of more pesticides and hormones is the way to go. What is wrong with that scenario? A lot.
Many of the pesticides and hormones used in this form of agriculture could very well end up in our food and our environment which than creates opportunity for health endangerment and food contamination.
2) Environment: Once again, the sustainable farmer is aware of his/her environment by caring for their farm in a way that measures good accountability in minimizing chemical use and maintaining the preservation of natural resources like water and soil which is beneficial to future generations.
With Industrial agriculture, there is a large amount of topsoil erosion by which the soil is depleted of vital nutrients due to lack of protection from the elements like wind, sun and rain. There is also a depletion of aquifer which is the underground layer of water-bearing permeable (allows water to pass through it) rock in addition to general environmental damage.
5) Soil: Soil is protected and encouraged with sustainable farming through crop rotation and composting methods.
Industrial farming inevitably causes continuous erosion and nutrient depletion of the soil.
6) Pesticides: Sustainable farms use minimal pesticides to ensure the protection of their soil, crops and general environment of their farm. With Industrial farming, chemicals are used to “protect” their crops and animals. Such chemicals are bad for the environment as well.
To find out additional information about the differences in sustainable and industrial agriculture, read the article and learn more about animal waste, water, antibiotics, hormones, animal welfare, biodiversity and more…
Guest Blog Post Written By: Lydia Wisz from Food Wisz-dom