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Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable Agriculture

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Saturday, February 29, 2020/Categories: video, sustainability, art and design, environment, adventure

 Sustainable Vineyard (credit: SWP Media)

Agroecology uses the principals of ecology to be applied in agricultural production. It requires understanding plant and pest interactions, nutrient cycles, soil micro-biology, and working with the local environment to produce sustainable long-term, harvests. The approach has been successfully applied to horticultural crops like strawberries, flowers, and grapes as well as to commodity grains and oil seed crops. An important goal is to reduce the use herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers, produced from petrochemicals, while still maintaining good crop yields. Agroecology also tries integrating farmers into the food marketing system and is part of the 'farmer's market' movement now common in many states.

One of the leading practitioners of this approach to sustainable farming is the ecologist Steven Gliessman, who initiated one of the first agroecology programs at the University of California in the 1970s. He gave a presentation for  Edible Education 101 along with well known food writers including Michael Pollan, Mark Bittman, and Alice Waters. These trend-setters brought attention to healthy foods, small farmers, and environmental concerns with industrial production agriculture.

The next time you wander and sample tasty fruits and vegetables at a local farmer's market, you may gain some appreciation for the value of sustainable farming, family farmers, and fresh food suppliers.



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