Green Living: 8 Benefits of Food Sustainability
For years, the term sustainable food production has been connected to small producers like gardeners and small-scale farmers who produce food for their own consumption or for distribution at local farmer’s markets. However, today, sustainable food production has the potential to feed the world in a way that will not destroy the soil, disturb wildlife and pollute the air. Here are all the benefits of sustainable farming and gardening that will save this planet one day!
One of the best things about sustainable agriculture is the way animals are treated. Unlike in mass farming, when it comes to sustainable food production animals are treated more humanely, provided better care and allowed to engage in their natural behaviors like grazing, pecking, digging and socializing.
Most sustainable farms, gardens and orchards avoid all pesticides and artificial fertilizers. This means we can get crops, veggies and fruits that are perfectly safe for consumption straight from the farm. Plus, insects and other pests are not being poisoned and their natural habitat is not being destroyed.
Big factory farms produce tons of waste every week. This means millions of gallons of waste that is often disposed of in uncontrolled ways by simply being dumped in open-air lagoons to pollute the air, water and land. Also, in industrial farming, most crops depend on chemical fertilizers that disturb the soil compaction and cause soil quality to decrease. On the other hand, sustainable farming leaves all the waste inside the farm’s ecosystem and it avoids the use of chemical fertilizers, which means it doesn’t cause pollution.
Most big farms practice monocropping, or using a field to grow only one crop for years. This both reduces genetic diversity and weakens plants’ immunity, making them easy targets for pests and diseases. On the other hand, sustainable farms practice crop rotation and produce a variety of food products on one piece of land which boosts biodiversity and soil quality and prevents pest and disease outbreaks.
Many health conditions attacking humans stem from poor diet, under-nutrition, obesity and consumption of unhealthy and toxic food. Sustainable farming and gardening works according to international food safety standards that promote the consumption of nutritious food and support farm-to-table movement. This means better food intake, better food storage and preservation, food recycling and overall better decision making when it comes to diet. So, for once, it’s time to give back to Mother Earth by buying sustainable food that will not only protect our environment, but also encourage people to eat better and healthier. It provides families all over the world with best ingredients while nurturing the soil and plants that give us life!
Sustainable farm owners, technicians and workers often receive a much better wage for their produce and work. This gives more power to the people and rural communities while reducing the reliance of government aid.
Influence on humans
According to several research programs, people and especially kids who participate in sustainable farming or gardening have better dietary habits than their peers who buy food from stores. Plus, sustainable community gardens and family orchards or farms improve fitness, special-relations skills, self-esteem and teach important lessons on biology, botany and teamwork!
Sustainable agriculture laws try to improve the production of food while preserving the biodiversity and natural ecosystems. The efficient use of land, improvement of soil quality, reduction of forestry and management of commercial fishing all help with climate control, water conservation and pollution that are mostly responsible for huge environmental disasters striking the world in last few years.
By 2050, the planet Earth will need to produce 70% more food than today. This is a huge increase, but with sustainable agriculture and new technologies, it’s not a mission impossible, the people just need to care and unite towards achieving this goal together!