Sustainable Agriculture

Definition

Sustainable Agricultural System is a holistic business strategy that helps producers choose crop varieties, soil fertility strategies, crop rotation, pest and disease control, tillage methods, and crop sequence. Its purpose is to reduce production costs, reduce pressure on the environment, and continue to develop production and profitability.

To create a “sustainable society” that can meet the needs of contemporary human beings without destroying the living environment of future generations.”

We need to solve the resource and environmental problems faced by survival and development from the viewpoint of sustainable development, and put forward the 5 basic goals of sustainable agriculture.

  1. Meet human food needs;
  2. Improve the quality of the environment and the natural resource base on which the agricultural economy depends;
  3. Utilize non-renewable resources and on-farm internal resources with maximum efficiency, and combine natural ecological cycles and their control where possible;
  4. To maintain the economic feasibility of the operation of the farm;
  5. To improve the social quality of life of the farmer group.

Principle

The scale of the agricultural economy must be kept within the carrying capacity of the earth, and it can only take away the interest of nature, not her capital. Ecosystems damaged by excessive misuse and plunder should be conserved and restored. In sustainable agriculture, resource utilization and product production are closely combined with the goal of ecological conservation and sustainable development of the whole society, and it is eternally pursuing the stability, balance, and circulation of a dynamic and developing system.

Importance of Sustainable Agriculture

The Earth’s population is rapidly expanding, and with it comes the need for more resources. With the Earth’s population projected to reach 9 billion by 2050, we will be completely depleted of our natural resources. This gives us 40 years to transition to sustainable production.

In addition to protecting the planet’s natural resources, sustainable agriculture benefits the environment by helping to preserve soil quality, reduce erosion and protect water resources.

Although new biological technologies based on genetic engineering, new electronic agricultural machinery with automatic control and chemical synthetic preparations (chemical fertilizers, biostimulants, pesticides, etc.) can increase agricultural yields in the short term, long-term sustainable development.

And the improvement of the environment is more dependent on the formation of a holistic sustainable agricultural system engineering. Dora Agri is a company actively exploring sustainable development, our goal is to reduce the consumption of our planet’s resources by agriculture and achieve self-sufficiency in agriculture.

Sustainable Development Mode

American Mode: The United States has highly commercialized family farms and a high degree of agricultural specialization. It is the world’s largest exporter of agricultural products and the first country to advocate sustainable agriculture. It has successively proposed “low-input sustainable agriculture” and “high-efficiency sustainable agriculture”.

They are proposed based on the reflection of traditional models, aimed at protecting the ecological environment, and are the specific application of the concept of sustainable development in agriculture. Among them, low-input sustainable agriculture advocates make full use of the organic fertilizer input inside the farm, relatively reducing the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides outside the farm, and mainly adopts a reasonable crop rotation mode and biological control in the prevention and control of plant diseases, and the production efficiency is relatively low;

The high-efficiency sustainable agricultural model focuses on high efficiency, attaches importance to the role of scientific and technological progress and education in agricultural development, improves the quality of agricultural products, increases agricultural income, and reduces environmental pollution through the rational use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. material conditions.

French Model: After World War II, in order to improve agricultural efficiency and expand the agricultural scale, France fully implemented agricultural modernization and intensification, relying heavily on the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and the agricultural ecological environment continued to deteriorate.

In order to improve the quality of agricultural products and protect the ecological environment, France began to develop “environmental protection agriculture” in the late 1980s. It has three main contents: one is to improve the original agricultural production technology to make it more in line with the requirements of the coordinated development of economy and ecology; Pay attention to the protection and management of the quality of agricultural products and their environment and resources; the third is to pay attention to the role of farmers in agricultural development and environmental protection.

Get Advise for Sustainable Agriculture

Dora Agri has been committed to the sustainable development of agriculture for 19 years. Our consultants can provide a complete set of sustainable agricultural solutions according to the actual situation of customers. (The recommended products are OMRI listed)

Based on our many years of experience working with end customers(greenhouse, farms, distributors). Such as “soil amendment solution“, “plant protection solution“, “post-harvest solution”. If you are interested, please contact our team. 

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