The concept of being sustainable isn’t new-age. In fact, the belief that certain processes and structures have a quality of sustainability, meaning that they can sustain themselves with minimal outside help, has been around for quite some time. However, it is only recently that researchers have found that sustainability may also have huge benefits for the environment.
In agriculture, sustainability is an intriguing trend since it not only affects the environment, but it also has a say in the economics of farming businesses. It should be noted though, that a sustainable farm still shares the same responsibilities of a normal farm, to both the community it serves and the hands that it employs.
Sustainable agriculture involves keeping the soil in tip-top shape and managing the water more efficiently while minimizing pollution in the air and water. Farmers practicing sustainable agriculture are also urged to promote biodiversity in their farms, which is key to developing its very own ecosystem.
The development of sustainable agriculture can be witnessed through ever-improving practices of crop rotation, intercropping, minimization of tillage and plowing, minimization of the use of pesticides and antibiotics, and introducing agroforestry.
All these contribute to the improvement not just of the farming industry, but nationwide agriculture and environmental protection as well. Who knows what new sustainable agriculture practices will be developed in the future. And who knows the heights it can achieve.