How to Support Sustainable Agriculture by Janis Levy
Several things we can do to help sustainable agriculture and sustain the Earth
1. Eat organic, for your health and to support farmers who aren’t doing harm, who are growing with very few chemicals, which are used sparingly. Eat organic 100% of the time. You can do this! If hard for you to do, please do your best! smile emoticon
2. Support small, organic farmers as much as possible. At your grocery store, look for organic B companies. And buy from local organic farmers (especially those who are using regenetative ag/permaculture methods) at farmers markets or visit their farms.
3. Even if organic, cut down significantly on meat purchases. That will free up your food budget for more organic veggie/fruit purchases.
4. Buy less processed/packaged foods. Processed food have more of a “carbon footprint”, (more transportation costs are involved, for example).
5. Grow your own organic food crops, using regenetative ag/permaculture methods. Learn about what that means – making your own compost, designing your landscape so everything works with nature and has a beneficial relationship, conserving water, etc.
If you don’t have land, containers are a good option. No sunlight? Grow lamps. No time, rather buy organic at grocery? That works. (You might consider donating food scraps to someone who composts. I do. I store in the freezer.)
At the very least, learn about it. Then, if your own conditions aren’t condusive, you can still teach others. Take a permaculture class, some given on weekends, some online. Learn about it so you can teach other people. You can share informative posts, too. Help this grow until everyone with front and back yards is growing organic food crops, rather than lawns. How cool would that be!! smile emoticon Help GROW this and Outgrow Monsanto!!
6. Cut down on paper use. Buy recycled paper at the very least. Also plastic – use glass, as much as possible. Recycle. Be as resourceful as possible, in your own home.
7. Speaking of homes, you can also support Earth, with other products you use for home care and personal care. The less toxic chemicals the better. Protect our water systems and your family.
8. Cut down on gasoline use. Some ideas – Carpool, ride a bicycle, use public transportation. Plan your trips so you can do errands together in one location. This reduces the use of fossil fuels and you’re not giving as much money to companies like Exxon, BP, etc.
And there’s another reason. Do you know what ethanol is made from? It’s made from Monsanto’s genetically engineered Roundup Ready Corn (also RR Soy, but mostly corn). About 40% of RR Corn is used for ethanol. Besides all the harm Roundup Ready genetically engineered crops/agriculture/foods are doing to our health, the cultivation of these crops, this agriculture (monoculture) is destroying the soil, habitats, the bees (neonicotinoids are applied to seeds), biodiversity, small farms, and much more!! It’s the very opposite of Agroecology. Chemical agriculture destroys Earth’s delicate ecological balance and is a large factor in climate change. Please consider this and cut down on buying gasoline.
Every bit helps.