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What Is Sustainable Agriculture?

What does sustainable mean?

Sustainability: Maintaining the present without compromising the future.

"What is sustainable agriculture? It is in large part, a wedding of ecology and agriculture. It proposes that a farm must be not only economically but also ecologically healthy if it is to be viable over the long term. It also proposes that farmers and farm workers should be afforded a good quality of life and be treated fairly. A sustainable agriculture will yield healthy rural communities and towns, which are key to the overall health of our nation."

The Next Green Revolution:
Essential Steps to a Healthy, Sustainable
Agriculture,
by James E. Horne, PhD, and Maura McDermott

"Humanity has the ability to make development sustainable--to ensure that it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

World Commission on Environment and Development, Brundtland Commission, "Our Common Future" (quoted on the Oklahoma Sustainable Network website, www.oksustainability.org)

“Industrial Agriculture vs. Sustainable Agriculture: How They Compare”
(www.kerrcenter.com/publications/howtheycompare.pdf)

“Ten Steps to a Sustainable Agriculture”

Sustainability Links:

The Next Green Revolution
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE)
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program Professional Development Program (SARE PDP)
Farmland Preservation
Land Legacy

 

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