Sustainable Agriculture : Sustainable Agricultural Sustainability

1065 Words Oct 18th, 2015 5 Pages
As the human population continues to grow, farmers have adapted their practices to keep up with the increasing demand for food. While farmers have managed to supply the market with enough food, increased production has opened the doors to nutrient depletion of soils, contaminated groundwater, higher farming costs, and commercialized farms that are designed to turn out large quantities of single crops. With so many issues affecting the market and the future of agriculture, some farmers are turning towards the concept of sustainable agriculture. Sustainable agriculture is a farming practice in which farmers aim to provide food for people while leaving minimal impact on the environment. According to Dr. John E. Ikerd, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics at University of Missouri Colombia, “The focus of agricultural sustainability is on the long run, on intergenerational equity. A sustainable agriculture must be capable of meeting the needs of the present while leaving equal or better opportunities for the future” (p.11).
Interest in sustainable agriculture has increased over the years, largely due to necessity. The world population continues to grow, and at our current rate, humans are going through the Earth’s resources faster than they can be replenished. Some of the resources today’s conventional farmer uses are considered “non-renewable” because of the extensive amount of time it takes for supplies to regenerate, and include resources such as natural gas and fossil…

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