Agricultural Studies Paper on Sustainable Farming

Sustainable Farming

Sustainable agriculture refers to the modern practice of agriculture that seeks to implement and promote the use of standard practices that consider managing the available resources without depleting the available amount (Altieri, 2018). According to Altieri (2018), sustainable agriculture is the implementation and management of water, promotion of soil health, and reduction in the pollution levels in the modern agricultural practices in an effort to ensure the resources remain available for future generations. The establishment of sustainable agricultural practices is equated to the developments in other sectors or areas in life. For instance, sustainable agricultures would guarantee a healthy environment, social/ economic equity, economic profitability, and sustainable operations among all the areas influenced by changes in agricultural processes.

Sustainable farming systems are based on the principles that the current use of resources should not cause any form of shortage for the future generations. In order to ensure efficiency in the agricultural practice, there is emphasis on economic profitability, social/ economic equity, and environmental health (Wezel, et al., 2014). The application of the different resources are critical in ensuring that its reservoir is maintained and the maximum amount used does not mean that the other generations will have the needed amount for sustaining themselves. The development of a sustainable economy is meant to increase the ability of the current generation to take into consideration the individual issues and triggers that are affecting stability and equity in the current generation. At the same time, through the implementation of systems that promote economic equity are meant to ensure that the current resources are not exploited for the benefit of only the few. Lastly, through taking more interest in the management of the current environment, the practices of sustainable agriculture are seeking to ensure that the current fertility rates of the soil, the purity of the water, and the air are maintained in a long-term setting to reduce the possibility of other generations failing to get the same benefits.

The current farming environment focuses largely on chemically-produced manure. Manure manufacturing companies have invested largely in the development of chemicals that are specific to certain pests that are common in the modern climatic conditions. However, despite the benefits of the chemically-produced manure, the chemical component remains in the soil even after being washed away. The deposit of these chemicals into the main water sources increases the possibilities of chemically-induced complications among users. At the same time, increased large-scale farming has made it difficult to manage the amount of land resource used making it hard for city planners to invest in standard plans to ensure the available resources are not wasted.

In order to enhance agricultural sustainability, there is need for emphasis on standard systems of agriculture. More land is wasted every year due to poor agricultural standards, which is continually making available land for farming less available. With time, the available land for farming and even settlement will reduce significantly making it hard for future generations to get access to the same. At the same time, there should be more emphasis placed on promotion and use of naturally manufactured manure rather than using chemically-manufactured manure. The use of natural manure reduces the amount of chemical deposits on the land and water. Ultimately, this will also reduce the pollution on land, water, and air.

 

 

References

Altieri, M. A. (2018). Agroecology: the science of sustainable agriculture. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press.

Wezel, A., Casagrande, M., Celette, F., Vian, J. F., Ferrer, A., & Peigné, J. (2014). Agroecological practices for sustainable agriculture. A review. Agronomy for sustainable development, 34(1), 1-20.