Sustainable Agriculture became a recurrent topic among rural producers and businessmen involved in the agri-food trade. For the National Research Council (CNR), sustainable agriculture is not just a set of practices, but rather a goal to get a food production system. The goals are:
- Increase the productivity of natural resources and agricultural system, enabling the producers to meet the levels of demand created by population growth and economic development
- Produce healthy, whole, nutritious foods, that satisfy human and earth well-being
- Provide farmers with a sufficient net income to get a fair standard of living and a profit to invest in their land
- Increase the productivity of soil, water and other resources.
For a long time, there’s been a misinterpretation of the concept of “sustainability” in agriculture, mainly influenced by political and personal ideologies of its main proponents; thinking of sustainable farming as synonymous with “ecology” is a simplistic view of something broader and complex.
Therefore, to understand sustainable agriculture, and how to realize it, we will explain the concept of sustainability and its relationship with the agri-business.Continue reading “Sustainable Agriculture for our Future and for the Earth”