Towards a Sustainable Agriculture PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 December 2009 22:09

Steve Diver explains why a low-input, sustainable form of agriculture is needed to preserve the environment and to serve true human needs.

by Steve Diver

Sustainable agriculture is an important element of the overall effort to make human activities compatible with the demands of the earth's eco-system. Thus, an understanding of the different approaches to ecological agriculture is necessary if we want to utilise the planet's resources wisely.

While sustainable agriculture is based on long-term goals and not a specific set of farming practices, it is usually accompanied by a reduction of purchased inputs in favor of managing on-farm resources. A good example is reliance on biologically-fixed nitrogen from legumes as versus manufactured nitrogen fertilizers. Low-input agriculture is one of several alternative farming systems whose methods are adaptable to sustainable agriculture.

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