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Sustainable Farming Presentation
Transcript of Sustainable Farming Presentation
•Government tax breaks for those who use sustainable farming methods
•The USDA has programs that provide financial aid to farmers who have natural resource issues and encourage the conversion to sustainable farming methods and give farmers who plant trees and other crops that help prevent erosion and soil degradation an annual rental payment
•A few years. Though changes will have some immediate results, it will take a while for most farmers to be educated and stable enough to switch over to these methods Add rich organic matter to the soil Move animals to graze in different areas Eliminating monocultures Funding
• Government will help fund projects to educate farmers on how to begin a sustainable farm because it will overall help the nation
• These farming methods will eventually pay for themselves. Money spent in the beginning to start will be saved in the end when there is no use for pesticides and so much electricity from companies
L FARMING “Growing food indoors, using artificial and other special equipment, means more effort and expense--and cancels out any benefits of being close to customers, critics say” (Fletcher). how else does this help? why won't it work? . “..there’s ‘no prospect’ that more complicated vertical-farming techniques could contribute substantially to world food production” (Fletcher). In other words, urban farming is sustainable for small areas but would have a hard time providing for everyone in this country. 1 2 what is the goal of urban vertical farms? the small-scale agriculture model Government Subsidies-
Monetarily, the government assists industrial farms making it impossible for smaller ones to compete with it. When food is mass produced it becomes cheaper to the consumer. Subsidies compensate farmers for over production so they never experience any financial trouble.
VIDEO: http://www.pbs.org/teachers/access-analyze-act-economy/curriculum/sugar-supply/the-cultivation-of-agricultural-subsidies Monsanto-
Large Corporations such as Monsanto are monopolies in the farming industry. Monsanto uses GMOs to mass produce food in order to feed the world. This makes it harder for smaller farms to compete with the scientifically engineered food. works cited Becker, Hank. "On the Central Great Plains--Fallowing Falls by the Wayside." Agricultural
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Web. 9 May 2013. 2. Animals fed dangerous chemicals and antibiotics 3. Health issues for producers and consumers 4. Pollution of the environment what is it? used by the Self Reliant Agriculture Institute as part of the Feed the World Campaign.
educates impoverished farmers
uses practices such as multicrop production and crop rotation why won't it work? “Less than 2% of the U.S. population is directly involved in farming...most agriculture is still huge and corporate-run. The population of the U.S. and much of the world is utterly dependent on this system for sustenance, and will remain so while any transition takes place” (Terre Sonnenblume). “The vast majority of machinery available on the market today in the U.S. is geared towards the hundreds, or thousands...of acres. It’s too big to move around in such a small area” (Terre Sonnenblume). “The knowledge of how to grow on a smaller scale is also disappearing. The average age of an Oregon farmer is 67. If he (usually) even remembers how things were done before, who knows if he is capable of changing, or if there are enough of him around who are willing or able to teach younger people.” (Terre Sonnenblume). A B Reusable The Environment Efficiency Sustainability Implementation of sustainable methods of farming will be beneficial to the environment. The treatment of animals would also be more humane. The natural conditions will be better for their health. The use of crop rotations naturally replenishes the soil. The use of sustainable methods can be more efficient than traditional methods. Naturally replenished soil will allow plants to grow healthier and in greater sizes. Natural grazing for animals will allow healthier and stronger growth. As the name states, sustainable methods of farming will allow continued production over time. Crop rotations will create naturally healthy soil and prevent soilborne crop diseases. Fertilizers and pesticides are not needed to maintain growth rates and ward off diseases. “‘By diversifying crops in the rotation,’ says Bowman, ‘the farmer encourages more diverse soil microflora. And soils with a diversity of microorganisms have a natural antagonism to soilborne crop diseases.’” (Becker) “A sustainable technique used in livestock production is intensive grazing. This method mimics the behavior of animals grazing in the wild.” (Gajewski) “continuous cropping with wheat-corn-proso millet in rotation doubles the land's productivity, compared to the traditional wheat-fallow.” (Becker)