An article by Jo Confino in the Guardian about sustainability made an interesting remark about it: “ We will only create prosperity within planetary boundaries if we start to really believe it is possible.” In other words, sustainability is struggling to articulate a vision of a future that is both prosperous and within planetary boundaries. But what is sustainability?
As a basic concept, sustainability focuses on creating a better world and not compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs by embracing three core aspects: environment, economy and social equity. Sustainability can take many forms but in particular the focus today is on sustainable agriculture.
The food production system currently in place heavily relies on monoculture, mechanization, chemical pesticides and fertilizers to make food abundant and affordable. However, the ecological and social price that had to be paid for this was really high. It caused: erosion; the depletion and contamination of soil and water resources; loss of biodiversity, deforestation and labor abuses (unsuitable working conditions and unfair wages).
Public pressure and societal changes aimed to transform the agricultural and food provision system in becoming more sustainable. Thus, sustainable agriculture develops a steady supply of food in harmony with the essential natural resources on which farming depends. The main concepts of sustainable agricultural techniques include: organic, ecological, low-input and holistic. The main commonality between these techniques is that they embrace practices that mimic natural ecological processes that avoid pesticides and fertilizers for alternative methods. Sustainable farmers focus on reducing, reusing and recycling:
Reducing– focusing on efficiently using resources (e.g. nurturing the presence of organisms that can help control crop-destroying pests);
Recycling¬– using the organic waste for compost or manure preparation;
Reusing– resources such as water in the farm itself.
Organic farming– Doing business in harmony with the environment. Learn more about it here );
Fair trade– Improving the livelihood in a fair and ethical way (Learn more about it here );
Training and offering proactive support to our farmers (Learn more about it here );
Driving community development (Learn more about it here) .
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250 ml fresh orange juice.
Natural Products Expo is largest and the most important trade show on the east coast and Natural Habitats is delighted to be a part of it;
Natural Habitats is eager to meet, connect and engage with like-minded businesses and customers that share our credo of sustainable and organic production for a more responsible and social world;
Natural Habitats is excited to see the mixture of different cultures at the Natural Products Expo and learn more about their heritage and typical products;
We are really excited to showcase our Natural Habitats products on our booth (number #2222) and to hear your opinion about them using the hashtags #nh #redpalmoilnh.